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You are in the 251st Witness Revolution diary, bearing witness to pro-democracy movements in North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. We aim here to simply report, from as many reliable worldwide resources as possible, on the successes, challenges or failures of the brave people striving against oppression for representative democracy with civil and human rights. One small bit of assurance that they do not strive in obscurity. Please see the 200th edition where participants shared what this series means to them.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS


SYRIA



(ht JustJennifer 9/2) - Death and not disgrace Friday

Protest sign in Qamishly City







(ht JustJennifer 9/2) - Araben

The child Aaisha Al-Sheikh Hasan has been killed by Al-Asaad gangs. There are news of big number of martyrs in many provinces







Protesters walk bu the church in HAMA and shouting Christians and Muslims for freedom





Face to face with Assad's soldiers and hired thugs to kill innocent civilians just because they are asking for freedom and dignity. SEE for yourself these cold blood-killers.





AlKhaldiya Homs Syria | The brave chant for freedom and call out, Bashar al-Assad is worth a shoe.

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Libyan Doctors for Hospitals in Libya is an impressive new aide organization launched by one of our own: StepLeftStepForward.

NEWS UPDATES


(country names in bold are updated from the previous diary.)


GENERAL ANALYSIS
(h/t JustJennifer 8/27) - Arab revolutions through Egyptian eyes
Rabat — Political transformation in Egypt helped to trigger uprisings in Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. In turn the Arab world has pumped fresh blood back into Egypt’s political veins; activists and political groups are rallying support for political transformation elsewhere in the region where the dictators’ bullets are mowing down those committed to bringing down dictatorships. And while support for the drive to topple regimes is almost unanimous across the political spectrum, different positions have nonetheless formed on each case.

(h/t Dibsa 8/26)-Osman Mirghani: The end of Qaddafi: A message to Syria and Yemen?

I do not know what feelings haunt those leaders who have fallen from power and are watching the people celebrate their departure; tearing apart their portraits, chanting against their regime, and generally witnessing the extent of the people’s hatred for their regime. I would imagine that they cannot believe the images that they are witnessing with their own eyes, because they were blinded by power, and their policies of oppression and suppression ensured that they only heard the voices of those closest to them, the climbers and opportunists who said that their people loved them and were willing to die for them. This is why they fail to understand the message their people are trying to send them when they rise up and revolt, and why they fail to learn their lesson from the experience of other leaders. Instead, they insist on viewing the people’s uprising as part of a conspiracy that must be crushed by their security and military apparatus



ALGERIA
(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Algeria, Forgotten by Arab Spring, May Rue Taking Qaddafi Family

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Algeria’s harboring of the family of at-large Libyan autocrat Muammar Qaddafi risks bringing scrutiny to the former French colony that’s so far been unaffected by the Arab Spring

BAHRAIN

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Bahrain tensions grow amid stronger protest calls

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's become a nightly duel in Bahrain: Security forces and anti-government protesters waging hit-and-run clashes in one of the simmering conflicts of the Arab Spring

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Bahrain opposition figure al-Nuaimi dies

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi, founder of one of Bahrain's leading opposition groups, died Thursday after more than four years in a coma, political leaders said. He was 67

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Bahrain unrest: Teenager dies after protest

Ali Jawad Ahmed, 14, was among a small crowd who had gathered overnight in the village of Sitra, said the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.
The group said security forces personnel had used "excessive force"

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Bahrain activists blame police in boy's death

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahraini security forces clashed with anti-government protesters after Wednesday morning prayers, killing a 14-year-old boy who died after being hit by a police tear gas canister, human rights activists said

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Bahrain's contribution to the Arab Spring

Arab silence on the continued repression of the Bahraini people is a shameful episode that does not fit the era of the Arab revolution. It is also a testimony to the determination of the US-backed Gulf political order - that is leading the effort to place a cap on change in the Arab World - to prevent the revolution from reaching its member states



BURKINA FASO
(h/t Dibsa 8/25 ) - Burkina Students Relieved Over Zongo Verdict But Not Happy

Ouagadougou — In Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, a verdict was finally delivered in the Justin Zongo case, named after a student whose controversial death raised concerns over police brutality. The case sparked a series of protests that plunged the country into months of social unrest. Students expected a heavier sentence

(h/t Dibsa 8/24 ) - Burkina Faso sentencing upsets students

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A student protest leader in Burkina Faso said the sentencing of three policemen accused of brutality in the death of a detainee wasn't enough



COTE D'IVOIRE
(h/t Dibsa 8/26 ) - Top Gbagbo regime general detained

Abidjan - A general considered one of the most powerful officers in the regime of Ivory Coast's ex-strongman Laurent Gbagbo has been detained over alleged robbery and a probe into a mass grave, prosecutors said on Thursday



DJIBOUTI

(h/t Dibsa 6/22 ) - Djibouti Will Intensify Fight Against Poverty, Prime Minister Dileita Says

Djibouti’s government will intensify its fight against poverty, improve governance and implement renewable-energy projects to help spur economic growth, Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita said



EGYPT
(h/t Dibsa 8/26) - Islam in the new Egypt

Cairo - There’s a new Egypt now - an Egypt where public opinion actually matters. The country has gone through a tumultuous seven months, and Ramadan provides something of a break from politics, as Muslim communities engage in a month of fasting and spiritual contemplation



IRAN

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Iranian opposition leader missing

TEHRAN, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Iranian human rights activists said they were "extremely concerned" about the welfare of opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been missing for six weeks

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Iranian Exiles Flock East, to Multiethnic Malaysia

Above the outdoor cafés of this city's trendiest suburb, some 60 exiles are busily dubbing Brazilian soap operas, Japanese cartoons and American music videos into Farsi. They work for GEM-TV, a privately owned, Dubai-based bootleg satellite station that beams the modern world into Iran from a broadcast station in Malaysia. This Southeast Asian nation is becoming, in the words of GEM-TV host Abed Randamiz, "famous as a place to jump" from Iran's harshly religious regime. "It's the best of three countries that freely give us visas," Rangamiz says with a shrug. "The others are Turkey and Turkmenistan."



IRAQ
(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Senior Iraqi Kurd calls on rebels to lay down arms

The deputy chief of the most powerful political party in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has called on separatist groups in the area to lay down their arms in an interview published on Sunday



ISRAEL
(h/t The Troubadour 8/27 ) - Israel's Massive Protests are BACK! 30,000 Marching After Week of Violence w/ Million March Next

With bombs falling in Gaza and rockets in Southern Israel, many feared violence would destroy Israel's protest movement. Tonight, Israelis are showing their resolve under the banner of "Until We Win" (עד שננצח), showing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the people refuse to back down on their demands for social justice.



JORDAN
(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - The Jordan opportunity

Should the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN fail to produce any tangible results, current events in Syria may have the unexpected effect of presenting Israel and the region with a very rare opportunity



KUWAIT
(h/t JustJennifer 8/25) - Jailed for tweeting in Kuwait

Armed security officers wearing balaclavas led Nasser Abul, blindfolded and shackled, into a courtroom in downtown Kuwait City on July 19. Accused of crimes against the state, he answered the judge's questions from a wood-and-metal cage in the courtroom. His mother, watching the proceedings, hoped her 26-year-old eldest son would finally be released after nearly two months in detention. The judiciary has refused to grant her wish.



LEBANON
(h/t Dibsa 8/9) - Syria solidarity rally held in Beirut

Hundreds of people have rallied in Beirut, Lebanon's capital, in solidarity with the Syrian people, as the Syrian government intensified its crackdown on protesters



LIBYA
(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - A glance at Moammar Gadhafi's family

A look at Moammar Gadhafi's family members, some of whom recently fled to Algeria, others who are believed to be still fighting the rebels inside Libya

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Libyan rebels catch Gadhafi foreign minister

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rebels hunting the top officials in Moammar Gadhafi's ousted regime have captured his foreign minister and are closing in on Gadhafi himself, rebel officials said Thursday

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Libyan rebels round up black Africans

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, acccusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Russia recognises Libya's rebel government

Russia on Thursday officially recognised Libya's rebels as the governing authority in the country, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Libyan rebels: Gadhafi son offers to surrender

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's son al-Saadi is trying to negotiate the terms of his own surrender, the rebel commander in Tripoli told The Associated Press on Wednesday in what would be a major blow to the Libyan leader's crumbling regime

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Libyans celebrate Muslim holiday, Gadhafi ouster

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyans on Wednesday wept over the graves of those killed in their six-month war against Moammar Gadhafi, then celebrated their newfound freedom with morning prayers and joyous chants in the capital's main square — bittersweet rituals marking the start of a major Muslim holiday

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Qaddafi family escape to Algeria provides hints for leader's hiding spot

Details about how Qaddafi's family members escaped to Algeria reveal another possible hiding spot for Muammar Qaddafi himself. The Guardian reports today that the family members now in Algeria fled from the town of Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli

RESOURCES:

A vision of a democratic Libya an 8-point plan from the National Transitional Council

The full text of UN Resolution 1970 on Libya.

The full text of UN Resolution 1973 on Libya.

President Obama's letter to Congress regarding commencement of operations in Libya. (h/t greenbird)

Al Jazeera Libyan live blog. (h/t jnhobbs)

UK Telegraph Libyan live blog. (h/t bee tzu)



MAURITANIA
(h/t Dibsa 8/25) - Mauritania urged to revoke anti-slavery activists’ sentencing

The authorities in Mauritania must revoke jail sentences given to four anti-slavery activists who protested against the enslavement of a 10-year old girl, Amnesty International said today



MOROCCO
(h/t Dibsa 8/15 ) - Morocco picks early elections date

Morocco's government says it wants to hold early parliamentary elections in November, to follow through on a raft of constitutional reforms aimed at reducing the risk of an uprising



OMAN
(h/t Dibsa 8/15) - Three newspaper staff charged in Oman court

MUSCAT — The Omani public prosecutor's office called on Sunday for the conviction of three local newspaper employees on charges of insulting the justice minister and called for their daily to be shut down



PALESTINE
(h/t Dibsa 8/25) - China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.

Negotiations with Israel on the terms of Palestinian statehood have been frozen since 2008. As an alternative, the Palestinians have decided to seek UN recognition of an independent "Palestine" in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the areas Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War

(h/t Dibsa 8/24 ) - Palestinians hope most UN members back statehood bid

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — A senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday that he hoped the great majority of countries would back a Palestinian membership application to the UN next month

(h/t Dibsa 8/24 ) - Palestinian statehood blocked, equality struggle ahead

As the start of the UN General Assembly's 66th Session quickly approaches, it seems that "statehood" has sucked the air out of every room where Palestine is discussed. Worse, in Washington, where the Obama Administration has taken a firm stance against the UN approach, the statehood bid is seen as a radical move



SAUDI ARABIA

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - #Tal3mrak: A Hashtag Challenges Saudi Arabian King

The phrase Tal3mrak in Saudi Arabia literally translates into "May god prolong your life" - and its used as a sign of respect when addressing royalty or influential business men in the Gulf region



SYRIA
(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Two dead as Syrian security forces make new swoops

Two civilians were killed Thursday as Syrian security forces moved into a district of the central city of Homs and a village in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said

(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Syrian attorney general resigns on video

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian attorney general has appeared on video declaring his resignation to protest President Bashar Assad's crackdown on a 5-month-old uprising, saying security forces killed hundreds of people in the restive city of Hama and arrested thousands of "peaceful protesters."

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Syrian]] security forces carry out raids, arrests

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces searching for anti-government protesters raided houses in central Syria and made arrests, activists and residents said Wednesday.
The troops, backed by tanks and military vehicles, entered districts in Homs and Hama as part of efforts to crush five months of street protests against President Bashar Assad



TUNISIA
(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Tunisia opens way to vote on October 23

Tunisian political parties have begun to present their candidates for the October 23 election of a constituent assembly, the Independent Higher Body for Elections announced Thursday

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Don't forget Tunisia, where democracy has a better chance to work

While the media are saturated with stories from Libya, we rarely hear what's happening in next-door Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began.
That's too bad, because Tunisia is a far more important barometer of democracy's prospects in the region than Libya. Its positive attributes - see below - give it better odds than its neighbors to make democracy work



UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
(h/t Dibsa 9/1) - U.A.E.'s slow steps to Democracy

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — The oil-rich United Arab Emirates holds its second-ever polls next month after allowing many more citizens to vote, taking baby steps toward democracy in a state where virtually no one is pushing for quick change



WESTERN SAHARA
(h/t Dibsa 7/26) - Western Sahara talks end in impasse

The latest round of unofficial, UN-brokered Western Sahara negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario ended without agreement last week

(h/t Dibsa 7/25) - Western Sahara: Women Refugees Denounce Dictatorship, Corruption at Camps

MADRID / Association for the development of Saharawi Women, led by Salma Buha Mint Bubacar Lecuara, president of the association and Fatma Ahmed Essbiti, its secretary, held a conference on july 21, 2011 at The Emperor hotel in Madrid. Ana Camacho a senior journalist with El País intervened in support of the two speakers. Also attended the ceremony Mohamed Salem jaddou a member of the association



YEMEN
(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Yemen, Amid Political Turmoil, Is Embracing a Holiday

SANA, Yemen — The dusty streets of this ancient capital were jammed with cars as Yemenis ran last-minute errands before the start of Id al-Fitr, the joyous holiday that began Tuesday with the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Men stood in lines outside tiny barber shops, waiting patiently for their holiday trim, and, for a moment at least, the city tried to focus on something other than a lingering political and economic crisis

(h/t Dibsa 8/31) - Yemen, Amid Political Turmoil, Is Embracing a Holiday

SANA, Yemen — The dusty streets of this ancient capital were jammed with cars as Yemenis ran last-minute errands before the start of Id al-Fitr, the joyous holiday that began Tuesday with the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Men stood in lines outside tiny barber shops, waiting patiently for their holiday trim, and, for a moment at least, the city tried to focus on something other than a lingering political and economic crisis




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Our Egyptian brethren articulated what people around the region are fighting for, though variations to the theme may exist from country to country. banner held by protesters and translated to English:

1 The departure of Mubarak

2 An end to the current Parliament

3 An end of the state of emergency

4 The creation of a national united government

5 A parliament elected by the people to modify the constitution and run the presidential elections

6 Put those responsible for the killings on trial

7 Put those responsible for stealing the country's money and other acts of corruption on trial

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Comment Preferences

  •  In Bahrain, the Gulf Cooperation Council is really (10+ / 0-)

    … showing its, shall we say, Gaddafiesque side.

    48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 01:13:49 PM PDT

  •  Bless you, JustJennifer, (19+ / 0-)

    UnaSpenser and the entire team for your witness.

    Syria is just too horrifying to bear.  How can people lack so much humanity to kill the innocent, especially children?

    I am upset at the turn of things in Libya regarding the rounding up of dark skinned Africans.  Yes, we know some are mercenaries -- but so many were migrant workers as well.  I hope some control can be instituted.  The last thing the revolution needs is vengeance.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 01:15:21 PM PDT

  •  The Iraq news sounds promising (9+ / 0-)

    Mostly for Iraqi-Turkish relations.

    "Look at this; I'm a coward too; You don't need to hide, my friend; For I'm just like you" - Monster/Sprite (Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Skrillex)

    by AZ Independent on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 01:17:53 PM PDT

  •  Syria's attorney general resigned... (17+ / 0-)

    yesterday, and spilled secrets about being forced to lie about "armed gangs" killing citizens.

    "The United States will not be able to dictate the pace and scope of this change. Only the people of the region can do that. But we can make a difference." 3/28/11

    by BarackStarObama on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 01:33:20 PM PDT

  •  Syria: Al Jazeera English- Syrian live blog .. (13+ / 0-)

    1 hour 14 min ago

    The Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union say 20 people have been killed in Syria on Friday.

    20 people who knew they could lose their lives and stepped up anyway. Such courage.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by jnhobbs on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 01:50:42 PM PDT

  •  Bahrain: Medics go on hunger strike - AJE (13+ / 0-)
    Bahrain medics go on hunger strike over trial

    Bahraini medical professionals, who were arrested at the start of a government crackdown on pro-democracy protests earlier this year, have gone on hunger strike, their relatives say.

    They have been held in jail for almost six months, while their trial continues in a military court.

    Bahraini and international human rights organisations have called the trials a farce.

    Speaking to Al Jazeera, Khalil Al-Mazrooq, a former chairman of the Shia bloc Al Wefaq, said: "The trial of Bahraini medics in a military tribunal is against the country’s constitution. Article 105 of the constitution says civilians should be tried in civilian courts only."

    Adel Al Moawda, chairman of parliamentary foreign affairs, defence and national security in Bahrain, said the medics would receive a fair trial.

    Video report at the link.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by jnhobbs on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 02:26:52 PM PDT

  •  Thanks JustJennifer...I'm going to be writing (13+ / 0-)

    about Israel's day of reckoning tomorrow, when protesters are calling for the movement's last protest to be the nation's largest in history (they're calling for a million in a country of 7.7).

    I may write something both tonight and tomorrow.

    I'm "THE" Troubadour," and not "Troubadour" without the article. We're different people here at DK :)

    by David Harris Gershon on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 03:13:21 PM PDT

  •  no holds barred ? all countries eligible ? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    raistuumum, ninkasi23, KenBee, evergreen2

    i'll still be sticking with bahrain and libya... but all the others get comments to this post, too, correct ?

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 03:27:35 PM PDT

  •  libya: renaming the compound ? (10+ / 0-)

    @libya2p0 بنغازي ليبيا

    @Niz_FGM It should be a combination of Park and Museum and called "Bab Al-Hurryia" The Door of Freedom, entry fees go to Martyrs families

    41 minutes ago via web

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 03:55:11 PM PDT

  •  libya: liberated. celebrated. reborn. (14+ / 0-)

    @JeffreyKofman Jeffrey Kofman

    Just back from Martyrs Sq. Huge street party 2night. More festive than World Cup victory, bigger than Super Bowl. City bursting with joy.
    51 minutes ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

    replies ↓
    alia libya
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    @JeffreyKofman I wish I was there!
    45 minutes ago
    Retweeted by acarvin and 26 others

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 03:57:06 PM PDT

  •  libya: abusalim prison per csr today: (9+ / 0-)

    By Gert Van Langendonck, Correspondent / September 2, 2011

    text-only link.

    source:
    @bungdan Dan Murphy

    Gert just wrote about life at Abu Salim prison in Tripoli for us. csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…
    42 minutes ago via web

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 04:17:19 PM PDT

  •  bahrain: re doc mil trials per phr: (6+ / 0-)

    PHR Renews Call for Open and Fair Trials in Bahrain
    Hunger striking detainees reported to be in poor health

    text-only link.

    source:
    @NABEELRAJAB Nabeel Rajab

    PHR Renews Call for Open and Fair Trials in #Bahrain physiciansforhumanrights.org/press/press-re…
    10 minutes ago via web
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    PHR Renews Call for Open and Fair Trials in Bahrain
    Hunger striking detainees reported to be in poor health
    Media Contact
    Megan Prock
    Senior Press Officer
    mprock [at] phrusa [dot] org
    Tel: 617-301-4237
    Cell: 617-510-3417
    Cambridge, Mass. - 09/01/2011

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 04:33:29 PM PDT

  •  libya: gaddafi regime figure "arrested" ? (6+ / 0-)

    Source Owen Bowcott for The Guardian:
    via shabablibya link.

    source:
    @acarvin Andy Carvin

    Pics to prove? RT @ShababLibya: Libyan rebels place notorious Gaddafi regime figure 'under arrest' shabablibya.org/?p=6593
    #Libya
    12 minutes ago via TweetDeck

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    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 04:37:33 PM PDT

    •  re post on guardian liveblog re above: (8+ / 0-)
      LINK = 1.41pm: Guma el-Gamaty, the UK coordinator of the NTC, has posted this on Twitter:  
      Breaking Gadhafi's lynch woman Huda Benamer who hanged opponents with her hands in 1984 & G made her minister was arrested in Tripoli today.
      While this remains unconfirmed, it might be worth re-reading this piece from the Telegraph on the woman described as "Huda the Executioner – Libya's Devil in Female Form".

      ok. so a tweep tweeted, guardian blogged it, shabab libya published it. but where's the whole original NTC tweet w/its date/time stamp etc ?
      (if birds can do it... )

      plus, as @acarvin sez: pics to confirm ?
      (so easy to do... a frakin' bird can do it ! )

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  •  tripoli: IS HQ wsj "going through files" (7+ / 0-)
    LINK = 2.40pm: The Wall Street Journal has been digging through files left behind at at Tripoli's Internal Security headquarters and intelligence headquarters, and this compelling report is the result of what they found.

    The documents trace the changing attitudes of the regime's spy machine, from initial dismissiveness (one field officer reports in February that the protesters in his town are heavy-drinking troublemakers) to panic and despair.

    "The documents expose an ossified culture within Libya's police state that proved largely incapable of switching gears to fight an actual war. Propaganda skills failed to translate into battlefield analysis, leaving soldiers furious and, in some cases, surprisingly clueless," journalists Charles Levinson and Margaret Coker write.

    (just hate reading "going through files" and "wall street journal" in same story., when it's not by ericlewis0 ...)

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    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 04:54:49 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Sirte, Bani Walid, etc. (repost from #250) (12+ / 0-)
    Meanwhile, their forces have been advancing on the few remaining loyalist bastions, including the former dictator's hometown of Sirte.

    Rebel council spokesman Abdel-Hafiz Ghoga said that despite the extension of a surrender deadline -- the rebels had originally demanded that Sirte surrender by Saturday, but later gave the loyalists until Sept. 10 -- rebel forces have not stopped advancing.

    Rebel brigades have pushed to the town of Wadi Hawarah, around 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Sirte, he said.

    'The rebels at the front line are very eager to move without delay. They live in harsh conditions there in the middle of the desert, and in hot weather," he said, adding the rebels preferred a surrender to a bloody attack. 'Maybe tomorrow, or the day after, the people of Sirte will raise the independence flag and we can enter peacefully without fighting."

    'One week is not a big deal," he said, adding that talks were continuing with tribal elders inside Sirte.

    Another rebel commander said the loyalist forces inside Sirte were divided, with one camp lead by Gadhafi's son Muatassim and the other by tribal elders.

    'It was the tribal leaders of Sirte who asked for an extension until they could manage to resolve the situation peacefully," said Fadl-Allah Haroun.

    'The Gadhafi people will have to flee in the end -- to Niger or anywhere else -- because there is no other option," he said.

    In a fiery broadcast from hiding, Gadhafi warned late Thursday that loyal tribes in his main strongholds were armed and preparing for battle -- a show of defiance hours after rebels extended the surrender deadline.

    ...

    Gadhafi said the tribes in Sirte and the loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid are armed and 'there is no way they will submit."

    ...

    The rebels dismiss [G's] threats as empty rhetoric. They believe Gadhafi may be in one of their three key targets: Sirte, Bani Walid, which lies 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Tripoli, or the southern city of Sabha.

    Read more: http://theworldlink.com/...

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    by rsmpdx on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 04:57:57 PM PDT

  •  libya: msgs show iniquities of moussa koussa (11+ / 0-)

    text-only link:
    Moussa Koussa's secret letters betray Britain's Libyan connection

    Messages found in his office show how MI6 gave details of dissident exiles to Gaddafi – and how the CIA used regime for rendition

    By Portia Walker and Kim Sengupta in Tripoli
    Saturday, 3 September 2011

    source:
    @SumayyahG TheSumayyahG

    Moussa Koussa's secret letters betray Britain's Libyan connection goo.gl/vnI5I
    #Libya #Feb17
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  •  Lybia: call for help from Sabha (7+ / 0-)

    google translation of fb page:

    February 17 rebels Sabha 's Photos- Wall Photos
    Photo 1035 of 1036   Back to Album · rebels February 17 Sabha 's Photos · rebels February 17 Sabha 's ProfilePreviousNext

    Urgent Sabha - mercenaries gathered in the project palm Bsabha, young Alqmazfah in the training camps and training centers p heavy weapons in the battalion of the tenth and Wadi Al Anz ... - killer Abdullah Sanusi and incest Mansour Daou Mtwajaddan in Sabha and the possibility of a very large presence Gaddafi in the south .. - killer Abdullah Sanusi and incest in the Mansour Daou Mtwajaddan Sabha and the possibility of a very large presence in the south .. Gaddafi - has been throwing in the House Muammar Mansheya Bermantan launcher and RPG now Sabha Khaled
  •  Libya: not enough happening at the zoo (8+ / 0-)

    Libya's Zoo struggles to keep animals alive
    By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press – 1 day ago

    During the Gadhafi era, corruption and administrative chaos made it difficult to simply keep the animals fed, said the director, Abdel-Fattah Husni.
    The zoo often wouldn't get its monthly budget allotments, he said, and it has racked up nearly $1.5 million in debts to the company that provides the animals' food. At this point, the company is feeding the animals on credit.
    If the supplier stopped providing food for just a couple days, he said, the zoo would be "finished."
  •  libya battle map has been updated. (8+ / 0-)

    3hrs ago.
    the red pushpin shows "crossing of gaddafi family"
    (according to bugs bunny.)

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    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 05:25:28 PM PDT

  •  Hope this wasn't already posted (12+ / 0-)

    but what a great video. AJE: Women celebrate in Tripoli's Martyrs square:
    http://www.youtube.com/...

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    by valadon on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 05:52:57 PM PDT

  •  LIBYA - A new twist in the manner that foreign (11+ / 0-)

    countries deal with the changes at Libyan embassies:  Bulgarian police storm Libyan embassy in Sofia and kisk out Gaddafi loyalists:

    Police storm Libyan embassy in Bulgarian capital

    SOFIA | Fri Sep 2, 2011 9:13pm BST

    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarian police stormed the Libyan embassy in Sofia Friday and forced out diplomats of Muammar Gaddafi's regime after a new ambassador appointed by Libya's interim authority arrived in the Balkan country, the foreign ministry said.

    Bulgaria, which has recognized the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate authority in the north African country, declared four Libyan diplomats persona non grata and sought their expulsion Thursday.

    "The diplomats and their families refused to leave and the police had to take them from the premises," a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. "They were taken to a police station and after that probably to the refugee agency awaiting their expulsion."

    http://uk.reuters.com/...

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    by Lawrence on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 06:48:14 PM PDT

  •  libya zoo update: (10+ / 0-)

    @KathrynHallPR Kathryn Hall

    Good news! Short term solution found for #TripoliZoo. They have food and water. Long term solution to be announced next week. THANK YOU!
    3 hours ago via web

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  •  libya football kit update: (7+ / 0-)
    The Libyan national football team are due to unveil a new kit for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique on Saturday in a break with colours associated with Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

    link to libyan youth movement/feb 17th

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    by greenbird on Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 07:10:48 PM PDT

    •  Been thinking about this (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      I'm a huge soccer fan, and occasionally, when seeing some of the new shirts based on the old flag, I've found myself thinking "That would make an awesome national team jersey." I don't think the one shown in the picture is the new jersey, though. There's no space for a number. More likely practice wear.

      I'm so glad that most of this has been taken care of before qualifiers get going. Here's hoping that the boys do well for their country.

  •  libya uprooting: (9+ / 0-)

    @lissnup lissnup

    Old regime needs to be rooted out in order for new #Libya to emerge, activist says http://snup.us/...
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    Institute for War and Peace Reporting link

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  •  LIBYA: Misratans returning to devastated parts (10+ / 0-)

    of their city, and slowly are starting to rebuild.

    Sep. 3, 2011 6:05 AM ET
    Libyans return to Misrata's devastated main street

    PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

    MISRATA, Libya (AP) — Just months after the siege of Misrata, this port city is bustling. Stores are open, water is running and there is steady electricity — a sharp contrast to Libya's recently conquered capital just 125 miles (200 kilometers) away.

    But running through the heart of the city, like a raw wound, is Tripoli Street, once its commercial heart and later its main battleground.

    It looks like it was lifted from a documentary about the siege of Stalingrad. Every building on the long, wide street has been marked by war, some with just a spattering of heavy machine gun fire across the facade, others with huge bites torn out by artillery.

    The rebels pushed Gadhafi's forces from Misrata in February, just a few weeks into the revolt. But its proximity to the capital meant it quickly felt the full force of a government counterattack. For months the city's rebels, their backs against the sea, faced ground attacks, air bombardments and shelling by Gadhafi's forces from three sides. The rebels finally took complete control of the city in May.

    Three months later, the resilience of Misrata's population is obvious, poignantly symbolized by the sight of fresh laundry fluttering from a second-story balcony above a demolished ground floor.

    http://hosted2.ap.org/...

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    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 03:29:17 AM PDT

  •  LIBYA - It seems like China was willing to sell (13+ / 0-)

    the Gaddafi Regime weapons all the way up to July of this year.  All the stuff that is coming out due to revolutionaries gaining control of Gaddafi Regime documents is quite interesting.

    China offered Gadhafi huge stockpiles of arms: Libyan memos
    GRAEME SMITH
    TRIPOLI— From Saturday's Globe and Mail
    Published Friday, Sep. 02, 2011 10:18PM EDT

    China offered huge stockpiles of weapons to Colonel Moammar Gadhafi during the final months of his regime, according to papers that describe secret talks about shipments via Algeria and South Africa.

    Documents obtained by The Globe and Mail show that state-controlled Chinese arms manufacturers were prepared to sell weapons and ammunition worth at least $200-million to the embattled Col. Gadhafi in late July, a violation of United Nations sanctions.

    The documents suggest that Beijing and other governments may have played a double game in the Libyan war, claiming neutrality but covertly helping the dictator. The papers do not confirm whether any military assistance was delivered, but senior leaders of the new transitional government in Tripoli say the documents reinforce their suspicions about the recent actions of China, Algeria and South Africa. Those countries may now suffer a disadvantage as Libya’s new rulers divide the spoils from their vast energy resources, and select foreign firms for the country’s reconstruction.

    Omar Hariri, chief of the transitional council’s military committee, reviewed the documents and concluded that they explain the presence of brand-new weapons his men encountered on the battlefield. He expressed outrage that the Chinese were negotiating an arms deal even while his forces suffered heavy casualties in the slow grind toward Tripoli.

    “I’m almost certain that these guns arrived and were used against our people,” Mr. Hariri said.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/...

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    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 03:52:21 AM PDT

    •  somehow, none of us should ever again (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      be surprised by the mendacity of mankind to stand in its own way. china owns too many nations now to be unchallenged. we will all be standing in front of tanks soon. we will lose our families, our countries, our freedom (what's left since allowing rush and bill and rupert et al to poison our countrymen).

      cranky? not sure. but i wouldn't bet against china.
      how much is left of USA that we actually own?

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      by greenbird on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 12:12:43 PM PDT

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      •  Eh (9+ / 0-)

        The same was said about Japan owning and sinking the U.S. in the 1980s and early 1990s.

        The longer story is that in the early 90s the U.S. decided to prop and help China up economically because the alternative was a prolonged, dismal, Cold War opponent relationship requiring more and long and costly militarization of Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines.  Those were the real stakes in the MFN trade status controversy- to give up a big chunk of U.S. manufacturing industry, or suffer prolonged Cold War.

        I think the feeling is that China is far enough along in becoming prosperous and Modern that the U.S. can cut back its semi-voluntary generosity.  Which means rebuilding manufacturing industries inside the U.S.

        The problem relevant here is that China and Russia are the world's remaining empire nations.  Their governments and nationalists think they're entitled to the possession of Tibet, Sinkiang, Manchuria, or Siberia, Central Asia, Caucasia, Tartarstan, or Karelia respectively that were conquered and annexed by emperors.  The current governments and their supporters may not be actively expansionist, but they reject that their dominion of these peoples and territories is wrongful.

        This semi-passive imperialism translates into sympathies and collaboration with anyone who opposes the democratizing and empire-disintegrating global powers, the U.S.A. historically and the E.U. in more recent years.  This makes for these cynical and ultimately antidemocratic alliances and propaganda machineries that root in Moscow (principally) and Beijing (somewhat less) to prop up the regimes in Belarus, most Central Asian countries, in the Caucasus, North Korea, Burma, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, primarily.  These and Moscow/Beijing in turn prop the lesser dictatorships and friendly or authoritarian regimes in e.g. Cuba, Algeria, central Africa, Ukraine, Republica Srpska, elements within Serbia, Lebanon, Gaza, various violent anarchists (e.g. FARC, Taliban), etc.

        The major foreign policy accomplishment of the H. Clinton State Department and the Obama Administration, with the recent help of the E.U. (notably Carl Bildt, when Condi Rice went AWOL on the project) has been to extend American and European pressure for liberal democratization from Eastern Europe and East Asia to everywhere in West Asia/Middle East (which Colin Powell had done in part) and into equatorial South America and parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.  It's nearly a fully global endeavor and will probably be so in ten years or so.  

        The new regions sought out by Clinton/Obama went into backlash to a significant extent pushed/aided by Moscow and Beijing.  (That is the agenda of the 'Shanghai Cooperative Organization' they have.)  Backlash is the emergence of latent conservative or reactionary forces, of course- not preventable, but the sooner they emerge the sooner they erode.  Clinton's foreign policy successes stalled in late 2009 and across 2010 as these forces manifested themselves- some reversals of Color Revolutions, the suppression of the opposition in Iran, U.S. partly pushed out of Central Asia again, Chavez agitating, etc.

        The Arab Spring represents initiative going back to the Modernizers/reformers/democratizers.  Libya became a military showdown and  battleground for forces from both sides: NATO siding with the democratist uprising, the coterie of dictators and imperialists and violent anarchists (e.g. Tuareg mercs) with Gaddafi.

        Eliminating these left over dictators and disintegrating residual empires (as peaceably as possible) and fighting down violent anarchists one after another is pretty much the U.S. military intervention story since 1991.  The fall of Milosevic in Serbia was the key event in the resolving of the problems in the Balkans.  Afghanistan holds the key to conflict resolutions in South Asia, perhaps Central Asia also.  A settlement of the Karabakh problem (which Clinton has put a lot of effort into) and Iranian regime change begins the unravelling of the many conflicts and problem regimes of the Middle East and Caucasus.  Regime change in North Korea is probably the key event in East Asian democratization.  Regime change in Venezuela is the key event in Latin America and the Caribbean, probably.  Regime change in Belarus is probably the key event to a lot of territorial and governance problems resolving in eastern Europe.

        And regime change in Libya is probably the crucial battle for democratization in North Africa.  Eliminating Gaddafi probably secures democratization in Egypt and Tunesia, not just Libya.  Marocco's king has read the signs and begun to do a few reforms.  Average Algerians will be very aware of being the laggards of the region, with the presence of parts of the Gaddafi family a constant annoyance and reminder.

  •  LIBYA - Two good videos from Tripoli. (9+ / 0-)

    #1 - A short AJE video about the Free Generation Movement(Niz's org) setting up a memorial wall in Martyr's Square.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Video #2 - A video shot with a cell phone at the huge family rally in Martyr's Square.  It gives a good impression of the peaceful, celebratory mood there.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

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    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 05:05:30 AM PDT

  •  Rumors of the rising of Bani Walid (8+ / 0-)

    dovenews Libyan ™

    Unconfirmed "there's a possibility that #BaniWalid will join the revolutionaries & it's under the control of the revolutionaries" AliTarhuni

    14 minutes ago

    @martinchulov Martin Chulov

    Drama inside Bani Walid #Libya. Residents tell us rebel flags in centre of town. Waiting for word on #Gaddafi sons there

    17 minutes ago via web

  •  Libya: fighting corruption while money flows in (8+ / 0-)

    @TristanAJE Tristan Redman

    #jalil: we are hearing reports of corruption in post-Gaddafi institutions. Will announce the culprits tomorrow. Severe punishment #libya

    32 minutes ago via web


    @ Dovenews Libyan ™

    Mustafah Abdul Jalil: While many ppl losing their lives defending their country, there are others who are stealing from public sectors

    32 minutes ago via web


    @ Dovenews Libyan ™

    Mustafah Abdul Jalil: Those ppl will be brought to justice & I am calling upon all Libyans to report all corruption acts.

    30 minutes ago via web

  •  Libya: Qaddafi was a CIA Asset - Juan Cole (15+ / 0-)
    Qaddafi was a CIA Asset
    .

    Human Rights Watch found documents in Libya after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi that it passed on to the Wall Street Journal, which is analyzing them. The WSJ reported today that the documents show that Qaddafi developed so warm a relationship with George W. Bush that Bush sent people he had kidnapped (“rendition”) to Libya to be “questioned” by Libya’s goons, and almost certainly to be tortured. The formal paperwork asked Libya to observe human rights, but Bush’s office also sent over a list of specific questions it wanted the Libyan interrogators to ask. Qaddafi also gave permission to the CIA from 2004 to establish a formal presence in the country.

    Qaddafi had been on the outs with the West for decades, but was rehabilitated once he gave up his ‘weapons of mass destruction’ programs (Qaddafi had no unconventional weapons, and no obvious ability to develop them, so his turning over to Bush of a few rotting diagrams that had been buried was hardly a big deal.
    ( more )

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    by jnhobbs on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 07:49:35 AM PDT

  •  Libya: massacre rumored in Sirte (11+ / 0-)

    The Telegraph:

    Libya's transitional leaders believe hundreds of their supporters have been gunned down in Colonel Gaddafi's home town of Sirte by desperate regime loyalists, even as they try to negotiate its surrender.

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    by rsmpdx on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 08:33:29 AM PDT

  •  Syria: Russia condemns EU sanctions (10+ / 0-)

    AFP via France24, Russia condemns EU oil sanctions on Syria

    Russia disapproves of the European Union oil embargo imposed on Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday, the Interfax news agency reported.
    [...]
    Moscow has consistently opposed Western calls for sanctions on Syria and along with China has boycotted UN Security Council talks on a Western proposal to impose sanctions on Assad, instead calling for him to implement reforms.

    Russia has also said it is maintaining arms sales to longterm partner Syria despite pressure from the United States, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Moscow to "get on the right side of history" and end supplies.
    [more]

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    by angry marmot on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 09:40:06 AM PDT

  •  How Tripoli rose and Gaddafi fell (8+ / 0-)

    A Foreign Policy dispatch,
    "The inside story of Libya's underground revolutionaries"
    BY ANAND GOPAL | SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

    the revolutionaries on the ground turned their efforts to procuring weapons, and they got help from the most unlikely of sources -- Qaddafi himself. The strongman was perhaps so taken by the force of his own personality that he was convinced Tripoli's citizens would rise up and defend the regime. The government handed out weapons throughout the city to those it deemed trustworthy -- but many simply turned around and sold the arms to the rebels. Some weapons also came secretly on boats; others were stolen from government caches.
    . . .
    Farajala was an air force pilot until the outbreak of the revolution, when he refused to bomb fellow Libyans and stayed home. [The next day, h]e walked down the street to the notorious Abu Salim prison, a massive center for political prisoners, and patiently convinced the guards to walk away. He then shot open the prison's main doors one by one with his Kalashnikov until more than 1,500 prisoners escaped to freedom. "We hid some of them in our houses until we knew it was safe," he says. In a similar fashion, hundreds of jail cells around the city were opened. Among those who walked out was Noah, the Tripoli rebels' military commander, who had been badly tortured in custody.
    . . .
    "We need a ruler from Tripoli," says rebel Ibrahim El Titly. "We won't accept being ruled from the east."

    In Souq al-Juma, the mood is still too festive to dwell on such concerns. Locals are busy painting over the ubiquitous green doors, and armed citizens continue to patrol the streets. "Now I don't mind if I die tomorrow, for I've done my part," says El Burai. "I have a nice chair. I'll sit and watch my children grow up -- they own this neighborhood now."

    And from AP, Aug 24, 4:30 AM EDT
    Rebels tell story of plan to take Tripoli
    By RAMI AL-SHAHEIBI and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI
    a deal [was] cut with the head of the batallion in charge of protecting Tripoli's gates, the Mohammed Megrayef Brigade.

    His name was Mohammed Eshkal and he was very close to Gadhafi and his family. Baja said Gadhafi had ordered the death of his cousin twenty years ago.

    "Eshkal carried a grudge in his heart against Gadhafi for 20 years, and he made a deal with the NTC - when the zero hour approached he would hand the city over to the rebels," said Haroun.

    "Eshkal didn't care much about the revolution," said Haroun. "He wanted to take a personal revenge from Gadhafi and when he saw a chance that he will fall, he just let it happen."

    But Haroun said he still didn't trust Eshkal or the men who defected so late in the game.

  •  What's sports got to do with it?... (10+ / 0-)

    @ ShababLibya  LibyanYouthMovement

    After the first goal .. Mozambique recognizes the Transitional Council LOOL # Libya

    7 minutes ago via web

  •  Syria: AJE - Syrian live blog ... (9+ / 0-)
    1 hour 30 min ago

    An activist in Maarat Hourmi in the northern Idlib governorate told Al Jazeera that 200 soldiers with armoured vehicles had stormed the village looking for attorney-general Adnan Bakkour from Hama.

    He has been missing since Thursday when he, according to a video message, resigned his post in protest, while the Syrian authorities say that Bakkour was kidnapped.

    “They were searching each house looking for the attorney-general,”  the activist told Al Jazeera. “They were asking the families about him. They said that they have information that Bakkour is hiding in the village and was kidnapped by armed men and they [the army] wants to release him.”

    The activist said three people had been killed and several wounded as security forces kicked in doors and searched all homes.

    “I ran away from the village because I was afraid they would arrest me. They arrested many people just to frighten us,” he said. “The regime cannot accept that a senior official has resigned and uncovers in public the regime’s crimes. Bakkour will show to the world’s courts evidence for Assad’s crimes.”

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    by jnhobbs on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 10:47:23 AM PDT

  •  just jennifer: who is Dibsa ? (5+ / 0-)
    BAHRAIN

    (h/t Dibsa 9/1) - Bahrain tensions grow amid stronger protest calls

        DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It's become a nightly duel in Bahrain: Security forces and anti-government protesters waging hit-and-run clashes in one of the simmering conflicts of the Arab Spring

    should there be a "sub-group" of wiki editors (w/approval by consensus for release of updates) for each country? i haven't used the wiki but i have addressed bahrain in more detail than i had been doing and would like to offer info, but i don't know who "Dibsa" is.

    have them contact me, if they want to, with a message via my dkos profile. i do use it--but try to limit messages to "big issues."

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    by greenbird on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 12:22:21 PM PDT

  •  iran: Lake Umia protests/arrests (7+ / 0-)

    twitter reports will be posted as replies to this later this evening.

    for a little background on just the lake and a little about the history of the protests, use this wikipedia link.

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    by greenbird on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 01:52:48 PM PDT

  •  Libya: mo via @acarvin's archives: (6+ / 0-)

    @acarvin Andy Carvin

    "I'm not meant to die easily. Don't worry about that. I'm being saved for a bigger..." Mo trails off.

    19 Mar via TweetDeck

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  •  I'm a little late with this (8+ / 0-)

    but The Troubadour has posted an excellent diary about the protest today in Israel.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

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    by JustJennifer on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 04:41:04 PM PDT

  •  LIBYA - A really good read in the NYT about the (11+ / 0-)

    amazing story of the man who is now Tajoura's security commander:

    A Libyan Prisoner Lives to Tell His Story

    By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    Published: September 3, 2011

     TAJOURA, Libya

    HE was my confidential source in the Libyan military this spring, an officer who passed on secret information about disaffection in the ranks of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. And then as the Libyan revolution spread, he made bombs and smuggled weapons into Tripoli to help overthrow the Qaddafi government.

    But then Salem al-Madhoun, 47, was arrested three weeks ago, captured after the Qaddafi forces detected his Thuraya satellite telephone transmissions. I received an urgent message about his capture, and I assumed that by now he must have been tortured and executed. On arriving here in Libya, I set out to comfort his widow.

    That proved unnecessary.

    When rebels liberated the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, they found Madhoun: skeletal and tortured, but alive. Now he is the hero of Tajoura, the suburb outside the capital where he lives, and in long conversations in his office and home he recounted the full story of how he came to help overthrow the government.

    snip

    Libyan women have received little attention in the uprising, but, behind the scenes, they played a significant role. Even Madhoun’s daughters, ages 11 and 14, volunteered to sew rebel flags, which other family members then hung from mosques and schools to spread the message of resistance.

    “This is the time to fight Qaddafi,” Madhoun’s 18-year-old niece, Rehab, remembers telling him, and she pleaded for any assignment in the underground. An engineering student who speaks excellent English, Rehab also began painting dramatic anti-Qaddafi graffiti around Tripoli — sometimes in English so that foreigners would know that the opposition was alive. She also used her engineering skills to tap into the Internet, which the government had blocked, to send messages to the outside world.

    snip

    Americans are wondering and worried about who Libya’s new leaders are, and whether they can knit the country together. In truth, these new leaders include all kinds, but I’m reassured and inspired when I meet those like Madhoun. It’s impossible to know what lies ahead for Libya, but Madhoun’s story is a window into the grit and vision that made the entire Arab Spring possible, from Tunisia to Syria. Yes, the movement was facilitated by Facebook and Twitter, but so many people lost lives or limbs. This was no armchair revolution.

    Madhoun acknowledges that the hard work is only just beginning. Yet he is guardedly optimistic that Libya can build a modern multiparty democracy — and he hopes that President Obama will soon come to Tripoli so that the Libyan people can thank him and all Americans for their support.

    “My death was inevitable,” he said, “but I am alive thanks to God and NATO.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 05:20:41 PM PDT

  •  LIBYA - A good read in the Economist about Libya. (9+ / 0-)
    Post-liberation Libya
    Let them get on with it
    The Libyans must control their own destiny, albeit with some help from their friends

    Sep 3rd 2011

    SO FAR, barely a week after the opposition captured the bulk of Tripoli, things have gone astonishingly well. For sure, as Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s men fled before the rebel onrush, they perpetrated a string of atrocities, murdering scores, perhaps even hundreds, of prisoners. But looting by the rebels, bar an excess of exuberance after they stormed the colonel’s ludicrously lavish palace, has been limited. Supporters of the emerging government, under the aegis of the National Transitional Council, have generally heeded calls to refrain from reprisals. Local committees have kept a modicum of law and order on the streets, while a heartening number of the police who previously served under the colonel’s regime have begun to return to their old duties. Checkpoints in the liberated capital are on the whole being decently manned. No less vitally, oil is expected to start flowing again soon, along with cash from accounts held by the previous regime that had been frozen by edict of the United Nations.

    The military tide looks irreversible too. The council wants to persuade the authorities in Sirte, the colonel’s birthplace, to surrender rather than submit to a lethal siege. A handful of southern towns that have been holding out are likely to fall. The entire country should soon be liberated, and with luck Libya will be spared more bloodshed (see article).

    http://www.economist.com/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 05:22:17 PM PDT

  •  LIBYA - A really interesting video report by AJE's (8+ / 0-)

    James Bays  about Abdel Belhaj, Tripoli's new military security commander.

    A military commander of Libya's National Transitional Council is a former leader of the Libyan Islamic fighting group, he fought in Afghanistan, he was arrested by CIA and has been described as an Islamic extremist.

    But Abdel Hakim Belhaj says he is an "ordinary muslim", and blames the negative labels on post-9/11 backlash.

    Al Jazeera's James Bays speaks to Belhaj and reports from Tripoli.

    http://www.youtube.com/...!

    What a fascinating country, what fascinating people.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 05:28:07 PM PDT

  •  Libya: from The Economist (6+ / 0-)

    Post-liberation Libya Let them get on with it
    The Libyans must control their own destiny, albeit with some help from their friends

    SO FAR, barely a week after the opposition captured the bulk of Tripoli, things have gone astonishingly well. For sure, as Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s men fled before the rebel onrush, they perpetrated a string of atrocities, murdering scores, perhaps even hundreds, of prisoners. But looting by the rebels, bar an excess of exuberance after they stormed the colonel’s ludicrously lavish palace, has been limited. Supporters of the emerging government, under the aegis of the National Transitional Council, have generally heeded calls to refrain from reprisals. Local committees have kept a modicum of law and order on the streets, while a heartening number of the police who previously served under the colonel’s regime have begun to return to their old duties. Checkpoints in the liberated capital are on the whole being decently manned. No less vitally, oil is expected to start flowing again soon, along with cash from accounts held by the previous regime that had been frozen by edict of the United Nations.

    http://www.economist.com/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 05:38:39 PM PDT

  •  meteor blades: (4+ / 0-)
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    wherever you are, libya won its first game played as a free nation, wearing its new kit with gold numbers (don't know why the goalie's shirt is that particular blue), streamed to me in my little east coast village from "LibyaTV for the free," and made a lot of people make a lot of noise in tripoli.

    when they next play, the damn crowd better be bigger.

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    by greenbird on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 06:04:40 PM PDT

  •  i believe (3+ / 0-)
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    i have found all i can find for today.

    the atlantic, too, has paid its price, many times.

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    by greenbird on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 06:59:21 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Entering Bani Walid (6+ / 0-)

    From Libya TV English
    Revolutionaries to enter Bani Walid

    Revolutionary forces plan to move in the coming hours into the town of Bani Walid, a bastion of support for Muammar Gaddafi, a spokesman for the fighters said today.

    “In a few hours we will enter, we will be in Bani Walid,” Mahmoud Abdul Aziz told reporters at a military checkpoint some 60 km north of Bani Walid, a town where commanders for the National Transitional Council said this week they believe Gaddafi himself may have taken refuge.

    Abdul Aziz said NTC forces had been trying to negotiate the surrender of the town, 150 km  south of Tripoli, but had lost patience: “Some people have asked for more time. But we gave them enough time,” he said. “We’ve lost patience.”


  •  Libya: Photography (4+ / 0-)
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    Flying Bird's pix from after the big game, showing the crescent moon and all the celebrators:
    Flying_Birds' photostream

    Some very cool photos here.

  •  Assange talks about Wikileaks and the Arab Spring (4+ / 0-)

    In part of an interview with Amy Goodman, Assange discusses how the leaked cables created a situation I would summarize as "everyone knows that everyone knows".

    Their strategy to "overwhelm" the local elites so that it "caused the elites to have to deal with their own political crises and not prop-up" their neighbors.

    He describes how they got the cables out so that they eventually reached Tunileaks which published morsels like these:

    He had avoided reaching out to the French, in particular, arguing that Ambassador Degallaix is seen as Ben Ali's Ambassador to French President Sarkozy, not vice versa. In addition, XXXXXXXXXXXX alleged that the GOT [Gov't of Tunisia] has improperly given Ambassador Degallaix a villa, which is registered in his daughter's name, on rue Sidi Dhrif, near the President's own residence.
    and
    XXXXXXXXXXXX later told the Ambassador that, in fact, Ben Ali does not intend to run again in the 2009 presidential elections. This scenario, while hard to imagine for many who have witnessed first hand Ben Ali’s jealous control of all power in Tunisia, would allow the President to bask in the glory of being the first Arab leader to voluntarily and peacefully leave office.
    He also said that sattelite television was important because, the governments always say this is marginal but by broadcasting images of the protests, "everyone could see they had the numbers".

    The full 2-hour discussion with Goodman, Assange and Philosopher Slavoj Žižek is here.

  •  what is their major problem? (4+ / 0-)
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    China is blocking release of Libya’s frozen assets- NTC Head

    China is obstructing the release of Libya’s frozen assets, head of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) Mustafa Abdel Jalil said in a press conference on Saturday.

    “China is obstructing the release of Libya’s frozen assets,” said Abdel Jalil, adding that Libyan leader Mahmoud Jibril had earlier met with a representative of the Chinese government to further understand this “unexpected position”.

    http://bit.ly/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 09:01:38 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Archaeological Treasures (5+ / 0-)
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    @RRowleyTucson
    Robert Rowley
    #Libya's other wealth: Archaeological treasures edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/afr…
    12 minutes ago via web

    LiveLink:
    Libya's other wealth: Archaeological treasures

    By Libby Lewis, CNN
    September 3, 2011

    Before Moammar Gadhafi, there were the Phoenicians. And the Greeks. The Romans. The first Arabs. They're a reminder that no civilization -- and no leader -- is forever.

    The Libyan transitional leaders have a lot to deal with once they stop being rebels, and begin shaping a new Libya: Keeping law and order, setting up a rudimentary government, dealing with money -- and oil.

    But what about Libya's other wealth? Its archaeological treasures?
    They are all over the country.

    In the south, in Acacus, rock paintings 12,000 years old cross an entire mountain range.

    In the east, the city of Cyrene holds a thousand years of history -- Roman general Mark Antony once gave it to Cleopatra.

    And along the coast, the splendid ruins of Leptis Magna that were buried for centuries under the sand was said to be one of the most beautiful cities of the Roman Empire.

    What will happen to these sites in the days ahead? If you look at history, their fate does not bode well.

    "We're very worried," said Francesco Bandarin of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.

    ...

    UNESCO is poised to send in a team to examine the damage to the sites as soon as it's safe to do so, and they're planning a large international meeting in October to explore the future of Libya's archaeological sites.


  •  Libya: Bani Walid "on the verge of surrender" (6+ / 0-)

    Roy Gutman and David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers, via World Wires:  In Libya, one of final Gadhafi strongholds poised to fall:

    Two Bani Walid residents who came to Misrata, a coastal town midway between Tripoli and Sirte, earlier in the week, said they thought the town would fall easily to the rebels, and that NATO attacks on Aug. 24 did serious damage to the pro-Gadhafi forces there.

    "NATO hit the Gadhafi soldiers and destroyed many tanks," said Mohammed Abdullah, who left Misrata five months ago to escape heavy fighting here.

    Abdullah described a city with no electricity or running water. He said that the issue of supporting Gadhafi had split tribal leaders there, and repeated the popular rumor that one of the ousted leader's sons, Saif al Islam, was present in the city.

    Interviews with named refugees and prisoner cited.

    I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

    by rsmpdx on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 10:16:33 PM PDT

  •  Libya: normalization in Tripoli (3+ / 0-)
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    TIME  Sunday, Sep. 04, 2011
    Post-Gaddafi Tripoli:
    How Libya's Civil Servants Are Holding It Together
    By Steven Sotloff / Tripoli

    •  the lede to this TIME piece: (4+ / 0-)
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      When a pick-up truck laden with C-5 explosives accidently blew up after hitting a pothole last week in the ritzy Tripoli neighborhood of Gargaresh, residents witnessed something unexpected. Within minutes of the explosion, three fire trucks arrived on the scene to extinguish the blaze. “In my entire life I never saw anything like it,” says Kamal Mansur. “The fire squad responded and put the fire out quickly. Before the revolution, no one ever wanted to work for [former Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi. Now everyone wants to work to build a new Libya.”
      and about "black Africans
      Just off the Mediterranean coast, under the shade of two unfinished skyscrapers, three men are raking refuse into a large blue plastic tub. A fourth dumps it into a small garbage truck. “We work in a few neighborhoods from 9 in the morning until 10 at night,” says Abu Bakr Mayga, a guest worker from Mali. Even though they have not been paid their $300-a-month salary since the revolution broke out in February, Mayga and his fellow Africans from Mali, Burkino Faso, and the Ivory Coast are still collecting empty bean cans and plastic mineral water bottles. “Just because there was a revolution does not mean there won’t be any more garbage,” explains the group’s leader, Juma’a Ibrahim, 22, a native Libyan. “We all have to do our part.”
  •  Libya: Gaddafi sons 'have fled strongholds' (4+ / 0-)
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    Rebel leaders in town of Tahouna say convoys seen leaving military bases ahead of assault on town expected in days
    Martin Chulov in Tripoli
    guardian.co.uk,     Saturday 3 September 2011 17.11 BST

    Three of Gaddafi's sons – Mutassim, Saif al-Islam and Saadi – are believed to have been staying in the military bases...
    The impetus for the apparent departure seemed to be a local uprising, which saw green loyalist flags torn down and regime checkpoints on Bani Walid's outskirts evacuated.
    . . .
    Gaddafi is believed to have spent time in the town eight days ago before heading south. His whereabouts are unknown, but Nato and rebel officials believe he is hiding somewhere in an area from the southern town of Sabha to the Algerian border – a vast tract of land on the fringes of the Sahara desert, where he can count on the protection of Tuareg tribesmen.
  •  Libya: Eyewitness recounts Abu Salim massacre (4+ / 0-)
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    from AlJazeera English:
    Libya survivor describes 1996 prison massacre
    Engineer held in notorious Abu Salim re-visits his cell and provides new details about one of regime's darkest chapters.
    Evan Hill in Libya Last Modified: 03 Sep 2011 01:56

  •  twitter is over capacity. (1+ / 0-)
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    what just happened ?

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:01:51 AM PDT

  •  libya: natl anthem at cairo match (3+ / 0-)
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    @Hiba_El_G Hiba El-Gamaty

    FINALLY found it! Libyan anthem being played before yesterday's match (i think one player was even crying, aw!) facebook.com/video/video.ph…

    2 hours ago via web

    adorned link.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:09:39 AM PDT

  •  sudan: emergency in blue nile state (2+ / 0-)
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    via aljazeera english 9/3
    have not read/viewed, but need to know "date of active incident," and whether this is background or emergent. thanks -- gb

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:27:59 AM PDT

  •  libya: re beniwalid bldg burning (2+ / 0-)
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    @4Adam Adam
    AJA - 'people of Beniwalid burned [when?] Gaddafi's revolutionary committee building in the town' according to local contact. #Libya
    7 minutes ago via web
    Retweeted by Unknown7771 and others

    not clear if emergent, or "old news." -- gb

    (old-style training has me always seeking who-what-where-when-why. don't want to dump fluff anywhere.)

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:34:19 AM PDT

  •  libya: lockerbie-MI WL file docs published (2+ / 0-)
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    publication link.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...]

    source:
    @septimius_sever septimius severus

    Stach of secret files (with photographic evidence ) of MI6 cosy relationship with Gaddafi bit.ly/ns558m .. #Libya

    18 minutes ago via Twitter for Android

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:52:53 AM PDT

    •  tie-ins and questions from greenbird: (3+ / 0-)
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      1. not superfamiliar w/daily mail, but posted from tweep

      2. "The startling extent to which Labour misled the world over the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber is exposed today in top-secret documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday."
      [ -- ? "Sunday" = today ? fast publish!... ? ]

      Read more:

      3. BP ? and russia/obstruction of frozen assets ? (and china/w/frozen assets ? and cuba w/embassy closure and refusal to recognize ntc ?)

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:13:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Via AJE blog (9+ / 0-)
    Libyan fighters who said they had tried to negotiate a peaceful transfer of power of Bani Walid, a key city still controlled by supporters of fugitive leader Muammar Gaddafi, have told Al Jazeera that talks had reached a stalemate and that the final push is going to happen in the next 24 hours.

    According to members of the National Transitional Council, the talks failed mid-day on Sunday after numerous attempts to move forward with a bloodless handover of control.

    in other news Cuba will recall it's ambassador and does not recognize the NTC....S. Korea will reopen it's Embassy.

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 03:08:49 AM PDT

  •  bahrain lte in 9/4 guardian/observer-uk: (2+ / 0-)
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    plain text link.

    source: (retweeted by ONLINEBAHRAIN and others)

    @abbasalomran Abbas Al Omran
    If Britain sees fit to intervene in Libya, why not in #Bahrain? | Letters | From the Observer | The Observer bit.ly/qgu7pH
    25 minutes ago via Tweet Button

    this lte has good format, short and w/link to previous lte.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 03:46:28 AM PDT

  •  egypt: roadblock to BP handover? (3+ / 0-)
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    @3arabawy Hossam عمو حسام (Retweeted by Zeinobia and 6 others)

    Update from Edco: Local residents r now heading to cut the highroad, as the Navy's military police try to handover the land to BP.
    #Egypt
    3 minutes ago via Echofon

    apologies: not aware of details this facet. -- gb

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:28:33 AM PDT

  •  libya: fuel is flowing. (5+ / 0-)
    sources: (retweeted by septimius_sever and others)
    أكرم
    1. flyingbirdies أكرم
    back home after being at work for the first time since Feb 20.
    #Tripoli #Libya
    36 minutes ago

    2. LibyaNewMedia
    LibyaNewMedia LibyaNewMedia
    @

    @flyingbirdies Is the gas or petrol flowing?
    34 minutes ago

    in reply to ↑
    أكرم
    @flyingbirdies أكرم
    3. @LibyaNewMedia

    all stations that i passed by are working, some say they wait between 2 to 4 h

    30 minutes ago via Echofon

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:26:33 AM PDT

  •  Libya: FF surround Bani Walid (8+ / 0-)
    Hundreds of troops loyal to Libya's interim government are closing in on one of ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's few remaining strongholds.

    Fighters have moved on Bani Walid from three sides, warning Gaddafi loyalists to surrender or be attacked.

    One key anti-Gaddafi fighter told the BBC he expected the standoff to be resolved on Monday morning.

    There have been rumours two Gaddafi sons had travelled through the town and some family members may still be there.

    On Saturday, the head of Libya's interim governing NTC said its soldiers were also laying siege to Col Gaddafi's birthplace in Sirte, as well as Jufra and Sabha.

    National Transitional Council Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil said the pro-Gaddafi bastions were being given humanitarian aid, but had one week to surrender "to avoid further bloodshed".

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists. PL poutrage lasts a week, max.
    Call the media when they Lie

    by amk for obama on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:24:23 AM PDT

  •  Turkey to take Israel to UN court (8+ / 0-)
    Turkey has said it will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

    It is the latest sign of strain between the countries since last year's Israeli action against ships heading for Gaza, in which nine Turks were killed.

    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey did not accept the findings of a UN report which said Israel's blockade of Gaza was a legal security measure.

    His comments came a day after Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador.

    It also halted military co-operation with Israel.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists. PL poutrage lasts a week, max.
    Call the media when they Lie

    by amk for obama on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 06:26:16 AM PDT

  •  Wikileaks releases unredacted cables!! (3+ / 0-)
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    melissakchan Melissa Chan  rt  by hominoid555

    Oh wait, here's the name of an LGBT activist in China who's been caught speaking with Americans.

    2 hours ago



    melissakchan Melissa Chan  rt  by hominoid555

    Oh wait, another Tibetan monk... and another, named! Last night, read a Uighur woman's name, unredacted. Irresponsible. Inexcusable.

    2 hours ago


    melissakchan Melissa Chan  rt  by hominoid555

    Oh god, just read name of Tibetan monk in China who spoke to US in Wikileaks cables. What will happen to him? #tibet

    2 hours ago

  •  US helping Qaddafi up to a few weeks ago (4+ / 0-)
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    from Al Arabiya, Dubai
    (picture caption)

    A trove of intelligence documents compiled by Muammar Qaddafi’s former spy chief and foreign minister Moussa Koussa, above, is now in the hands of the National Transitional Council. (Photo by Reuters)
    . . .
    According to those documents, meetings were held between Libyan and American officials weeks before his fall in order to offer Qaddafi advice on ways to stay in power and deal with the international isolation and the NATO strikes. One of those American officials, the documents state, was an ambassador and former assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, David Welch, who provided Qaddafi with several suggestions on weakening the revolutionaries through seeking the help of foreign intelligence agencies.
  •  Libyan national anthem (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Tunisian and Libyan diplomatic meeting (3+ / 0-)
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    03 Sep 2011   
    Bolstering Tunisian-Libyan co-operation, focus of Mebazaa-Mahmoud Jibril meeting
    © Tunis-Afrique Presse 2011

    The article is all official news agency release of diplomatic officialese.  Probably only of interest if you've never seen a newspaper story datelined from Carthage (I certainly haven't).

  •  META: can we focus, please? (8+ / 0-)

    random out-of-context Tweets and off-topic discussions do not contribute to the utility or legibility of the Liveblog.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:24:54 AM PDT

  •  Syria: ICRC in Damascus (6+ / 0-)

    AP via Al-Ahram, Wave of deaths, arrests as ICRC visits Syria

    Syria saw a wave of violence and arrests Sunday as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross visited Damascus to address issues, including caring for the wounded and access to detainees during the government's crackdown on a five-month-old uprising.

    Activists reported military operations and sweeping arrests in flash point areas including Idlib near the Turkish border and the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. There were reports of deaths, but numbers were unclear.
    [...]
    ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger met with Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Sunday and was scheduled to meet President Bashar Assad on Monday.
    [more]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:59:27 AM PDT

  •  Egypt: Nubians protest in Aswan (9+ / 0-)

    background: 'Nubians' in Upper (southern) Egypt were subject under Nasser and Mubarak to forcible relocation, among other grievances.

    Al-Ahram, Angry Nubian protesters torch Aswan governorate building

    Tens of Nubian protesters torched the Aswan governorate building in the city of Aswan earlier today after blocading the Corniche road. Army troops intervened to evacuate employees from the building, according to news reports.

    The Nubian protesters decided to have a sit-in at the garden of the governorate HQ to object to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf’s visit to Aswan. They were angered by the fact that the prime minister instead of appearing in an open meeting with the Nubian community, chose to hold a closed meeting with 30 Nubian figures, selected by the authorities.

    The protesters accuse Sharaf of making them false promises, and demand a replacement governor for Aswan, instead of Mustafa El-Sayad, whom they accuse of insulting them.

    The Nubians are demanding the right to return to and own land around Lake Nasser in compensation for the loss of their land in 1960s after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. This is the fourth Nubian protest since the revolution demanding the right to return to Lake Nasser.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 09:06:56 AM PDT

  •  more How it happened in Tripoli (11+ / 0-)

    The New York Review of Books
    Libya: How They Did It

    Nicolas Pelham
    —Tripoli, August 29, 2011

    Only when I reached Suq al-Juma, ... did I feel I was somewhere free of Muammar Qaddafi’s yoke. ...the alleyways behind its manned barricades were a hive of activity. Children played outside until after midnight. Women drove cars. The mosques broadcast takbir... Replacing absent Egyptian laborers, volunteers harvested tomatoes and figs in the garden allotments. The grocer proudly told me that he was really an oil exploration technician, charged with running a store his neighborhood had opened the day of the uprising—August 20—to keep their community fed. Others had dug wells to ensure that water flowed, and used their connections with the local refinery to maintain supplies of gasoline. While its price elsewhere in Tripoli had risen a hundredfold to $7.50 a liter, in Suq al-Juma it was distributed for free.

    While the barricades kept out Qaddafi’s regime, they offered its enemies a safe haven from the snipers and other remnants of Qaddafi’s rule; the residents fed rebels homemade Ramadan sweets and washed their clothes. A rebel brigade from Misrata pitched camp in a whitewashed branch of Mohammed Qaddafi’s Internet company, LTT, due to open this summer. A mosque sheltered dozens of pale and dazed inmates, rebels liberated from Tripoli’s complex of political prisons in Abu Salim. The people there helped them bridge their missing years by projecting Arabic satellite television on its wall. (When Qaddafi’s image appeared, a few flung stones at the mosque.) In a school turned makeshift prison, police officers back at work interrogated a motley assembly of suspected mercenaries, saboteurs, and regime militiamen.

    ...the rebels turned the ruling family’s mansions into museums. Families dutifully piled into Aisha Qaddafi’s house, leaving the books on their shelves and the crockery laid for twelve on the dining room table (although I spied a grandmother sneaking a pair of pink baby bootees into the folds of her dress when a volunteer warden turned his back).
    Libya’s incoming rulers... have appealed for all but a thousand government personnel to return to work. And by the seventh day, policemen were reporting for duty. Crucially, the rebel leaders also came armed with a seventy-page Tripoli Plan for stabilizing the city under their aegis
    United in war, many leading rebels have begun circulating competing narratives of the importance of their respective parts in the operation. The US professors sped to Tripoli from Djerba as soon as the capital fell, claiming that they were the architects of the victory. ... The Berber fighters who swept down from the mountains underscored their role by daubing the Berber symbol of two back-to-back tridents on the capital’s walls, cars, and barricades. The four-thousand-strong Misrata Brigades took to Tripoli’s central square, firing their antiaircraft guns through the night, lest anyone forget their presence and pugnacity in marching on Tripoli independently of any command on Djerba.

    Finance Minister Ali Tarhouni, arrived in Tripoli from the rebel base in Benghazi. But, ... [at] a press conference, ... Tarhouni forgot to include the Tripolitans in his long list of gratitude for those at home and abroad who had chased Qaddafi from the city. “He didn’t appreciate the role played by the intifada,” said an irate member of the new Tripoli council

  •  Libya: Tripoli Zoo seems to be in hand (7+ / 0-)

    (reordered, read top to bottom)

    TheElephantAnne Matt  rt  by hominoid555
    @TheElephantAnne Just to correct and confirm some rumours. Tripoli zoo currently has water for the animals at least for the immediate period
    43 minutes ago

    TheElephantAnne Matt  rt  by hominoid555
    @TheElephantAnne Tripoli zoo has food for the next couple of weeks to feed the animals on site
    42 minutes ago

    TheElephantAnne Matt  rt  by hominoid555
    @TheElephantAnne World association of zoos and Aquaria WAZA are coordinating help for tripoli zoo supported by the global zoo community
    38 minutes ago

    TheElephantAnne Matt  rt  by hominoid555
    @TheElephantAnne WAZA are the people who handled Kabul & Bagdad zoo situations previously
    36 minutes ago

    TheElephantAnne Matt  rt  by hominoid555
    @TheElephantAnne WAZA will launch an appeal for funds via North Carolina Zoo early this week
    34 minutes ago

  •  Bahrain - prisoners on hunger strike (10+ / 0-)
    More detainees are joining a hunger strike to protest ongoing trials from the crackdown on the protests by the Shia majority.  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights released a statement highlighting the hunger strike, which now includes 20 doctors who are imprisoned and face anti-state charges linked to the protests against the Sunni dynasty.  The Bahrain Center for Human Rights also reported that at least two other activists, Abdul Jalil al-Singace and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, have also begun hunger strikes in solidarity. The activists were sentenced to life in prison. Nabeel Rajab, a spokesman for the group, reported that the detainees are protesting that trials should take place in a civil court not a military tribunal.

    Bahrain: Prisoners on Hunger Strike Suffer From Deteriorating Health

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 11:22:50 AM PDT

    •  thanks ! (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      great to have that link!, source of older story:
      link to 8/23:
      ------------------------------
      also will now be receiving their tweets.
      [ originally mis-typed this as:
      also will not be receiving their tweets !! bird toes are useless. ]
      future witnessing sub-groups need to have twitter, and tags, to be able to put tweep lists per country and related #tags in main 'witnessing' and/or sub-section catagories.
      -------------------------------
      can't organize brain today: here in my little east coast village, it's the next to the last day of STUPID.

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:43:28 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  iran: lake protesters (3+ / 0-)
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    @lissnup lissnup (5 hours ago via Tweet Button)

    #Iran #LakeUrmia protest video from Sat 3 Sep 2011, this one in #Urmia [link.snup.us/bHq]
    YouTube

    if link not live, someone please volunteer. - gb

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:10:50 PM PDT

  •  libya: opinion re going forward re national defens (2+ / 0-)
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    (ran outta room in subject line. my favorite thing.)
    re libya's national security upgrade needs; final graph quite tasty.

    link to 9/4 blog post.

    source:
    @lissnup lissnup

    #Syria - The Only Option (via @bsyria) wp.me/pQvKK-jj
    5 hours ago via Tweet Button

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:16:25 PM PDT

    •  Peaceful is just the best option (5+ / 0-)

      The Only Option
      Posted on August 30, 2011 by bsyria

      Syrians have won the right of armed self-defense against this regime, which is committing nation-wide atrocities. However, Syrians should not exercise this right, not because peaceful protest is the only legitimate form of resistance – it is not — but because it is the clever thing to do, and perhaps the only option they have.
      . . .
      1-Barring overwhelming international military force, a resort to arms by the protesters is an invitation to even bigger massacres
      . . .
      2-We have not yet reached the limits of soft power. On the national level, Damascus and Aleppo have not yet risen in full force.
      . . .
      3- An armed revolt will jeopardize international sympathy for the protesters.
  •  libya pics: celebrates freedom and futbol win (3+ / 0-)
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    link:

    (R sidebar stream of photos has some gems. - gb)

    source: (Retweeted by septimius_sever and 6 others)
    @flyingbirdies أكرم

    World cup :D in martyr square celebrations | Flickr - #phototag #tripoli #martyrsquare #libya bit.ly/oXX9Zd
    Flickr [photo details at link site. - gb]
    18 hours ago via Echofon

    (a mock trophy but genuine victors of other 'games.' - gb)

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:24:16 PM PDT

  •  west bank: dirty water-trucks (3+ / 0-)
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    link to cable.

    source: (retweeted by nolesfan2011)
    @bungdan Dan Murphy

    "IDF will start to be more assertive in how it deals even with demonstrations that appear peaceful" cables.mrkva.eu/cable.php?id=2…
    4 minutes ago via web

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  •  egypr conference tues re no mil trials: (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    (retweeted by Monasosh and 3 others)
    @Gsquare86 Gigi Ibrahim جييييج

    Join us Tues at the center for socialist studies in Giza at 6:00pm for a conf. on #NoMilitrials speakers include .@3arabawy & .@Monasosh
    6 minutes ago via Echofon

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:31:28 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid Update (8+ / 0-)

    Reuters, By Maria Golovnina
    Sept 4, 2011 6:08 GMT
    UPDATE 1-Talks break down at besieged Gaddafi town

    Talks to end a standoff around the besieged Libyan town of Bani Walid broke down on Sunday, said a negotiator for fighters hunting Muammar Gaddafi.

    "As chief negotiator, I have nothing to offer right now. From my side, negotiations are finished," Abdallah Kanshil told reporters at the site of earlier talks with tribal elders from the town, one of the last bastions of support for Gaddafi.

    No comment was available from the other side.

    Kanshil said: "They said they don't want to talk, they are threatening everyone who moves. They are putting snipers on high rise buildings and inside olive groves, they have a big fire force. We compromised a lot at the last minute."

    "We will leave this for the field commanders to decide, for the NTC to decide what to do next," he said of the interim authority, the National Transitional Council.

    ...

    Tribal elders from Bani Walid, a bastion of support for Muammar Gaddafi, came out to negotiate after NTC spokesmen had said a several times over the previous day that talks were over and they were about to attack.

    ...

    One NTC commander said that about 20 pro-Gaddafi fighters still controlled the centre of Bani Walid, though other NTC officials estimated there may be as many as 100 fighters waiting in the town.

    Bani Walid, along with Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte and Sabha, deep in the Sahara desert, are three of the last main areas not under NTC control, though its forces are massed nearby.

    Independent accounts from inside the towns have not been available as communications appear to be largely cut off.

  •  Egypt/Libya (7+ / 0-)

    Egypt-Libya economic cooperation starts with 2 million workers

    Egypt kicks off economic cooperation with Libya with plans to send 2 million Egyptian workers there upon the request of the National Transitional Council (NTC), a step that would benefit both countries.

    Ahmed El-Borai, Egypt’s Minister of Manpower, has agreed to send the workers to help rebuild Libya, Egyptian independent daily Al-Shorouk reported Sunday. This comes as part of several plans of economic cooperation across sectors.

    Before Libya’s revolution about 2 million Egyptians resided and worked in the country. During months of political upheaval that saw intense fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Gaddafi, roughly 500,000 Egyptians went back home.

    After the nation’s security was threatened when violence began between rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces, about 500,000 Egyptians returned to Egypt.

    http://bit.ly/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:46:40 PM PDT

  •  Libya nearing conclusion? NYT latest... (3+ / 0-)
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    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    Still a long ways to go.

  •  Turkey/Egypt (5+ / 0-)

    Report: Turkey seeking strategic alliance with Egypt
    Erdogan to visit Egypt on September 12 to discuss strengthening military and diplomatic ties; move comes as Israel-Turkey diplomatic crisis deepens.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan is set to visit Egypt next week in order to discuss a strategic cooperation agreement between the two countries, the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq reported on Sunday.

    Erdogan is scheduled to meet with the Egyptian prime minister and the head of the Egyptian military council on September 12 to discuss increased diplomatic and military cooperation, and overall improvement of ties between Turkey and Egypt.

    http://bit.ly/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:48:56 PM PDT

  •  Syria: Reports from today - Reuters (6+ / 0-)
    Syrian forces kill 8: activists
    AMMAN | Sun Sep 4, 2011 2:08pm EDT

    Syrian security forces killed at least eight civilians on Sunday in raids on restive northwestern towns, residents and activists said, while the authorities blamed armed gangs for a bus ambush that killed nine people.

    The civilian deaths were reported in rural Hama and the adjacent province of Idlib, both areas that have seen intensified raids and arrests of people involved in popular unrest since last week's defection of Hama's attorney general.

    Activists said the authorities suspected Judge Adnan Bakkour was in hiding in the countryside around Hama.

    ( ... )

    Two residents contacted by Reuters in Hama province said busloads of security forces had gone to Khan Sheihkon, a town 50 km (30 miles) north of Hama, searching for scores of army deserters who may have fled to their home towns in recent weeks.

    ( ... )

    "They are raiding homes in search of wanted activists and army deserters in Jeza and across several towns in the south," said Ahmad Hariri, a resident of Herak where more than 1,000 women and children demonstrated for the release of detainees.

    “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” ~ Malachy McCourt

    by jnhobbs on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 12:56:31 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid Tweet (5+ / 0-)
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    @JeffreyKofman
    Jeffrey Kofman
    Just back from rebel line outside Bani Walid. Talks tonight to avoid more bloodshed. They failed. Battle of Bani Walid awaits.
    1 hour ago via web

    Jeffrey Kofman is ABC News Correspondent based in London, now in Libya.
  •  Libya: Water (5+ / 0-)

    I keep seeing various versions of this, but I have yet to see a source on any of them.

    @FromJoanne
    Joanne
    #Tripoli Mains #WATER soon to be Flowing again #NTC took full control of man-made River South of #Tripoli #Libya
    1 hour ago via web
  •  Libya: Huda the Hangwoman (5+ / 0-)
    However, one brutal incident in 1984 cemented Amer’s reputation: the execution of 30-year-old Libyan Hamed al-Shuwehdi.

    That year, Shuwehdi had just returned from the US after obtaining a degree in aviation engineering; he also began launching peaceful campaigns against Qaddafi’s rule under the name “Saving Libya Front.”

    On June 5, 1984, he was arrested and taken to the Benghazi stadium. There, his hands bound, he listened to the charges leveled against him and received a death sentence.

    Upon hearing the verdict, Amer began singing pro-Qaddafi slogans and called for Shuwehdi to be executed in a public square. She was the one who pulled the chair from under Shuwehdi’s legs on the gallows. During the hanging, the audience was shocked to see the Shuwehdi’s legs still jerking after the rope was released; they were even more shocked when Amer approached his hanging body and pulled on his legs in an attempt to end his life.

    http://bit.ly/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 01:00:39 PM PDT

  •  Libya/Algeria: (7+ / 0-)

    Libya: Algeria closes borders as row rages over weapons smuggling
    Algeria closed its borders to Libya yesterday as a row raged between its government and the Libyan transitional authorities over weapons smuggling across the largely unguarded frontier.

    The oil-rich former French colony has warned that looted weapons from unguarded Libyan arms dumps have fallen into the arms of al-Qaeda terrorist groups across the Sahara. But fresh accusations from Libyan rebels that Algiers was implicated in arms deals with the Gaddafi regime in its dying days have fuelled fears the two sides will slide into a proxy war using the bonanza of leftover munitions.

    Abdelkader Messahel, an Algerian minister, declared all border crossing points would be closed indefinitely to contain the threat. "A new situation has been created by the Libyan crisis, notably through the arms flow and the massive exodus of people from this country."
    Western diplomats yesterday expressed concerns that shoulder fired missiles posed a new threat to regional air travel.

    For its part, Libya's National Transitional Council has expressed its fury for allegations over Algerian ties to the former regime.

    http://tgr.ph/...

    This could be related to the news that China was going to send arms through Algeria and S. Africa.

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 01:09:59 PM PDT

    •  This is so patently hypocritical! (3+ / 0-)
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      Of course, why shouldn't it be.

      Does this mean all the gaddafi clan is safely inside, or will there be exceptions for the stragglers?

    •  Algeria: Opposition Party Supports Libya NTC (4+ / 0-)
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      Ennaharonline/ M. O.  04 September, 2011 07:20:00

      ALGIERS- The Rally for Culture and Democracy (RCD), which advocates for regime change in Algeria, declared Sunday its support for the National Transitional Council (CNT), in a letter to the political arm of the Libyan rebellion.

         "As Algerian patriots fighting for democracy promotion in their countries, we reiterate our total solidarity", the party wrote in the letter of which AFP received a copy.

      The RCD, which has 19 members in the National Assembly, said the Libyans were in the set include two fundamental problems that still face the Algerians: down a military dictatorship and bring the old members of the regime the least compromised to assume their historic responsibility."

  •  need to find neil young: (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
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    "Lets Roll"
    by Neil Young

    No one has the answer,
    But one thing is true,
    You've got to turn on evil,
    When it's coming after you,
    You've gota face it down,
    And when it tries to hide,
    You've gota go in after it,
    And never be denied,
    Time is runnin' out,
    Let's roll.

    from Flight 93 National Memorial post spotlighted.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 01:11:16 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Tweet + Article Re. Belhadj (7+ / 0-)
    @RRowleyTucson
    Robert Rowley
    VERY IMPORTANT READ: Please RT: 'We Are Simply Muslim': Libyan Revolutionary Chief Denies Al-Qaeda Ties time.com/time/world/art… #Libya #Feb17
    1 hour ago via web

    'We Are Simply Muslim': Libyan Rebel Chief Denies Al-Qaeda Ties

    By Christophe Ayad / LE MONDE / Worldcrunch Sunday, Sept. 04, 2011

    Abdel Hakim Belhadj, 45, is one of the most powerful men of the new Libya. From this point on, the security of Tripoli depends on him. This former jihadist, arrested by the CIA and secretly handed over to the Gaddafi regime in 2004, is the commander-in-chief of the rebel forces in the Libyan capital.

    This man, who expresses himself in a low, gravely voice, gives off an undeniable charisma. Stocky, his forehead lined with wrinkles, his face marked by a well-groomed, black beard, Belhadj is dressed in military fatigues. He has agreed to an interview with Le Monde, in which he retraces his past two decades jihad in Afghanistan to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, in order to answer the accusations of those who see in him the fingerprints of al-Qaeda.

    Do you belong to al-Qaeda?

    A lot of false information is circulating concerning this subject. Yes, I was a member of the Islamic Fighting Group whose area of operation was always and exclusively Libya. The goal of this organization was to deliver the Libyan people from the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. We never had any interest outside of our country. The Islamic combat group was never a part of al-Qaeda, neither from an ideological viewpoint, nor at an operational level, nor in its goals. It happened that we found ourselves in the same place at the same time as al-Qaeda: in Afghanistan, where we sometimes fought next to them when it was to liberate the country, but we were never at their service.

    On the contrary, when Osama Bin Laden founded the Global Islamic Front to fight against the Jews and crusaders, in the autumn of 1998, we refused to become members of it. How could we want to kill all Christians? Or all Jews? That's absurd! And why not the Chinese or Japanese? Christians and Jews are the people of the Book, we have to protect them.


    This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Le Monde.
  •  Libya: More on Bani Walid (9+ / 0-)

    Bani Walid: an escalating humanitarian crisis
    Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold said to be a scene of growing desperation with no power or water and food running low

    David Smith in Weshtata, Libya
    guardian.co.uk,     Sunday 4 September 2011 18.01 BST

    Libyan rebels say 25 doctors are seeking entry into one of Muammar Gaddafi's besieged strongholds in a bid to avert an escalating humanitarian crisis.

    The town of Bani Walid is said to be a scene of growing desperation with no power or water for a week, food running low and Gaddafi loyalists firing in the streets.

    ...

    At a desert outpost around 60km away, Abusif Ghnyah, a rebel spokesman who comes from Bani Walid, said: "There is no fruit or vegetables and a shortage of water. People are relying on food stored in their house. The city has been without electricity for a week and the houses rely on electricity, even for water. There is nothing at the hospital."

    Two of his colleagues had gone to Bani Walid to negotiate passage for 25 doctors, Ghnyah said. "We are not fighters. We want to supply food, medicine and so on. We are preparing for humanitarian intervention. But unless it is 100% safe, we will not go in."

  •  Libya: Water System (6+ / 0-)

    Best map I've seen so far:
    Libya Water Map

    It's pretty simple, but at least it's readable.

    They may have been able to get close enough in around Sirte to have been able to turn on the secondary supply. Or something.

    •  This map is part of a BBC article, 2006 (4+ / 0-)
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      The article itself, by John Watkins, BBC World Service, Libya's thirst for 'fossil water', gives additional context.  The map is good and clear, as EG2 says.  It gives a great overview of the Libyan water system.  Unfortunately, it is too small-scale to give details, such as the actual locations of reservoirs, pipelines, etc.  (Wonder why the Libyan gov't didn't make such details public?  ;-)

      I posted a link to that article on Saturday, 8/27.

      I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

      by rsmpdx on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:09:50 PM PDT

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  •  Libya: Million Man March on Wednesday (3+ / 0-)
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    Khadija Ali
    @CTV62 facebook.com/event.php?eid=… Million man march to martyrs SQ مسيرة مليونية إلى ميدان الشهداء #tripoli #libya #feb17

    Live Facebook Link

    There's something about the idea of them doing this organizing via Twitter and Facebook, so openly, without fear, that is awesome.

  •  syria army's DNS attacks et al via Atlantic 8/31: (5+ / 0-)

    light link.

    source:
    @Max_Fisher Max Fisher

    Just did interview for BBC World Service on piece @jaredbkeller and I did on the Syrian Electronic Army. Read it here bit.ly/qUNakM
    8 minutes ago via TweetDeck

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 01:59:29 PM PDT

    •  I'm not really suprised, but (5+ / 0-)

      Still wow.  

      The Syrian Electronic Army has aggressively engaged in a wide range of online activities to punish perceived opponents and to force the online narrative in favor of the Assad regime. Over the past few months, their primary means of attack has been to overload the social networking profiles of government institutions and Western media outlets, flooding the Facebook pages of ABC News, the Telegraph, Oprah Winfrey, and the U.S. Department of Treasury with pro-Assad messages. Their primary method is distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks: by jamming an online portal with messages, the group keeps regular visitors out and forces institutions to remove content unfavorable to the Syrian regime. This screenshot shows a "virtual demonstration" on President Barack Obama's Facebook page:

      Here's the screenshot.

      •  how do you manage to keep up with all this ? (1+ / 0-)
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        i'm so far behind--i've been posting, but not reading the thread like i should be, yet at least i read the overall update part of the post. i'm focusing on the two country section updates (syria and bahrain)... wish there were an internal kind-of #hashtag to put in comments.

        propaganda, sound bites, learned from -- ? deadly efforts at "mis-message" control.

        where is "tired of your dictator yet?" posted: syrian site? read about it. good line.

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        by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 03:41:25 PM PDT

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  •  Libya:Gaddafi’s feared son Khamis ‘confirmed dead’ (5+ / 0-)

    again!! ;)

    The National Transitional Council reportedly said it had confirmed that Khamis had died in fighting close to Tripoli and was buried near Bani Walid, Gaddafi's last stronghold, which on Sunday was besieged by the rebels.

    No further details have yet been reported. Khamis's death has been reported at least twice throughout the uprising.

    http://bit.ly/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:09:29 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (6+ / 0-)
    @ShababLibya
    LibyanYouthMovement
    RT @MachahirNews BREAKING: Gunfire can be heard inside the city of Bani walid between Anti-Gaddafi forces & Gaddafi Loyalist. #Libya
    41 minutes ago via web
    •  Related Bani Walid story (7+ / 0-)

      By Roy Gutman and David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers via Sacramento Bee.  Both sides in Libya conflict clash at Gadhafi stronghold:

      Loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi fired on "Free Libya" forces Sunday as they advanced on one of the last strongholds of the ousted leader, quashing hopes for a peaceful handover of the town, the rebel military spokesman said.

      Col. Ahmed Omar Bani said Sunday evening that operations to liberate the town of Bani Walid, southeast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, could begin within hours, started by backers of the new National Transitional Council within the town. Rebel forces now surrounding the town will march in "to give congratulations," he said, downplaying the likelihood of a bloody confrontation.

      The outcome of Sunday's clash in the little-known town has taken on significance in part because at least two of Gadhafi's sons, Saif al Islam, 49, and Saadi, 38, were reported to be holed up there,...

      I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

      by rsmpdx on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 03:59:57 PM PDT

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  •  Libya: Water On! (4+ / 0-)
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    Getting closer to sourcing this story.

    @Alexblx
    Alexblx
    #Tripoli #Libya "We have received a report that our revolutionaries have taken over the man-made river system. (cont) tl.gd/csr5qd
    1 hour ago via TwitLonger Beta

    LiveLink
    Alexblx (@Alexblx)
    Posted Sunday 4th September 2011 from Twitlonger
    #Tripoli #Libya "We have received a report that our revolutionaries have taken over the man-made river system. Thanks to God and thanks to our valiant revolutionaries there will be no water problem in the next few days," military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani told a news conference.

    ...

    http://www.nowlebanon.com/...

    That link is to an article via -AFP/NOW Lebanon:

    Another official of the National Transitional Council, Shamseddin Ben Ali, said its forces now controlled wells in the region of Shwairif, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Misrata, and the reservoir that supplies Tripoli.

    "They're getting the lines back up and running again," he said, expressing the hope that the capital's water problems would be resolved within days.

    He added however that part of the system was still in the hands of forces loyal to fallen strongman Moammar Qaddafi.

    ...

    NTC chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil has blamed sabotage for the cuts in supplies of water and electricity.

    Amazingly circuitous route the news sometimes takes!

    From NOW Lebanon's website:

    Our website is not simply an online magazine or information portal. It is a tool for making sense of the issues that are most relevant to Lebanon’s future, and it is an intelligent platform for constructive discussion and debate.

    NOW Lebanon’s vision and its dynamic approach to gathering and interpreting information make it a valuable tool for engaging the Lebanese diaspora, one of the most important yet under-acknowledged resources available to Lebanon today. Millions of Lebanese, across the world, are ready to assume a greater role in the country’s future.

    So, I guess it's pretty certain the water is going back on in Libya.

    Namaste!

    •  Re. Andy Carvin (4+ / 0-)
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      The man who tweets revolutions

      Jemima Kiss, guardian.co.uk,
      Sunday 4 September 2011 19.55 BST

      At the risk of appearing OT, I'm posting this, because Andy Carvin is one of the most amayzing sources/journalists of the Arab Spring.

      Andy Carvin insists that the introduction on his Google Plus profile – "I tweet revolutions" – is a joke, but nevertheless that's what he's famous for. Armed with TweetDeck – the power Twitter user's app of choice – and a thoroughly curated group of reliable, enthusiastic and well-informed Twitter users, the social media strategist for US public service radio broadcaster NPR has become known for his mastery of aggregated and verified real-time news through Twitter.

      ..

      When Libya's uprising boiled over two weeks ago, Carvin surpassed even his own record by tweeting nearly 1,200 times in 48 hours. But that statistic is misleading, he explains. "If it's a big story that's playing out over a couple of days then those tweets are going to add up. But the number of words actually written is certainly less than you'd get on a live news broadcast."

      ...

      Carvin's conclusions from his in-depth use of Twitter are surprising. Hashtags are only really useful when a news story first breaks on Twitter, when they help identify the closest sources and provide context, but they lose value if they become too heavily used. Rather than a rumour mill, with some skilful "following" Twitter is a self-correcting debunker of false information. And while it's easy for naysayers to dismiss it, Carvin says seemingly inane tweets about breakfast habits are about people reinforcing their relationships with each other. "I talk about the things going on in my life because people can relate to that, and I want to relate to people too so that when we do work together, there's a relationship there."

      Great article!

  •  have we posted this before? (4+ / 0-)
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    Band from Benghazi: Guys UnderGround - Revolution

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 02:42:55 PM PDT

  •  9/5 per AP yemen protesters attacked (5+ / 0-)

    [AP story via AJE liveblog 9/5.http://staff.blogs.aljazeera.net/...

    source and response: (retweeted by ozhassan and others)
    @AJELive AJELive
    #Yemen forces kill 5 protesters in #Sanaa - AP aje.me/peCVOL
    55 minutes ago via Seesmic

    replies ↓
    Yusra A.
    YusraAlA Yusra A.
    @

    @AJELive Why is it killing?? They didn't die! they were wounded!
    53 minutes ago

    posted without comment, but w/link to AP report via AJE.
    if someone has link to original AP story, add here?

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  •  Libya: Bani Walid Update (4+ / 0-)
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    @FromJoanne
    Joanne
    #FLASH #Bani Walid will b Liberated in Couple of Hours AFTER FF start Battle 4BW says Colonel #AhmedBani goo.gl/uDQ00 #Libya #NTC
    Flag this media YouTube
    22 minutes ago via web

    Live Link:
    NTC's military spokesperson on stalled talks in Libya's Bani Walid.

    Uploaded by AlJazeeraEnglish on Sep 4, 2011
    Libya's revolutionary leaders say that negotiations over a peaceful handover in the loyalist town of Bani Walid, 150km southeast of the capital Tripoli, have collapsed and fighters have surrounded the city.

    The NTC's ministry of defense spokesperson, Col. Ahmed Bani, spoke to Al Jazeera about the breakdown in the talks.

    He said that progress is being made and that the city would eventually succumb.

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (2+ / 0-)
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    @acarvin
    Andy Carvin
    Is that according to CNN? RT @IbnOmar2005: #SaadiGaddafi: currently in bani walid. #libya
    15 minutes ago via TweetDeck
    Favorite Retweet Reply
    replies ↓
    »

    IbnOmar2005 Ibn Omar
     by liberatelibya@
    @acarvin ya according to Nic Robertson he is in the outskirts of the city
    15 minutes ago

  •  Egypt: First Witness in Court -Mubarak trial (5+ / 0-)
    (Reuters) - A top police official and three other officers will testify on Monday in the trial of Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the first witnesses to take the stand in a case that has gripped Egypt and the Arab world.

    http://reut.rs/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:06:59 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Sabha (4+ / 0-)
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    @Sirte_Feb17
    Sirtawi
    PICS from the liberated neighborhood of Gurdha in #Sabha :) facebook.com/media/set/?set… #FreeLibya
    37 minutes ago via web

    Live Link:
    04 September 2011

    Very interesting.  Haven't seen anything like it from Sabha.

  •  Libya: More on Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    @FromJoanne
    Joanne
    #AndrewSimmons takes a sunset Ride through the desert near #Bani #Walid: FF sayy they R ready : AlJazeera goo.gl/n0JoK #Libya
    Flag this media YouTube
    1 hour ago via web

    Live Link:
    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from outside Bani Walid

    Really good video report.

  •  Tunisia: (4+ / 0-)
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    Deadly clashes in Tunisian town of Sbeitla

    State news agency Tap said police intervened when youths blocked a road in Sbeitla, 200km (130 miles) south-west of Tunis, for "looting".

    However, residents said soldiers opened fire to break up fights involving hundreds of people, Reuters reported.

    Elections are due to be held in Tunisia in October.

    Last month police in Tunis used tear gas to break up a protest over lack of reforms since January's overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:44:10 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Re Saadi (6+ / 0-)
    @4Adam
    Adam
    CNN's Nic Robertson reports on split in Gaddafi family over whether to fight on or work for peace youtube.com/watch?v=vaXYOo… #Libya
    Flag this media YouTube
    43 minutes ago via Tweet Button

    Live Link:
    CNN's Nic Robertson reports on split in Gaddafi family over whether to fight on or work for peace

    Nic is reporting on a phone conversation he recently had with Saadi Gaddafi.  Saadi says he was trying to broker a cease-fire and Saif's statement to keep fighting blew it all apart, and that's why they can't get a deal in Bani Walid.  He also says he hasn't seen either his father or his brother in two months.  He also says he is outside of, but near, Bani Walid.

  •  Syria: Video (4+ / 0-)
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    Video alleges humiliation of Syria detainees

    http://www.youtube.com/...!

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    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 04:56:54 PM PDT

  •  "Walk like an Egyptian" (5+ / 0-)

    @calperryAJ  Cal Perry

    One of the more amazing moments from all the years I've spent in #Israel: protester last night with "Walk like an Egyptian" sign. #telaviv

    6 hours ago via web

  •  great catch! eom (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Any confirmation? Bani Walid (1+ / 0-)
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    Euronews: Bani Walid taken by Libyan revolution without fighting

    04 September 2011 | 18:04 | FOCUS News Agency
    Home / World

    Tripoli. The Libyan city of Bani Walid, which is considered to be a bastion of Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists, has been captured by the army of the National Transitional Council (NTC) without fighting, Euronews reported, citing an NTC source.

    There is no sign of Muammar Gaddafi, it added.
    The main forces of Gaddafi’s loyalists were said to be in Bani Walid and the city was thought to be Gaddafi’s hideout.

    The NTC gave the city a week’s time to surrender, but the talks produced no results.

    http://www.focus-fen.net/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:09:19 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Tripoli: Unguarded Weapons Dump (5+ / 0-)
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    From Shabab Libya Sept 5, 2011
    Source Richard Spencer, The Telegraph
     in Tripoli

    Libya: Gaddafi weapons dump left unguarded in Tripoli

    The scale of the potential security crisis facing post-revolutionary Libya has been fully exposed after the Daily Telegraph discovered a huge Gaddafi weapons dump left unguarded in the capital, Tripoli.

    Across an open field in the city’s suburbs lay tens of thousands of boxes of land mines. The wooden boxes, stacked up to ten or fifteen deep under canvas covers across one side of the field, each contained six anti-personnel mines.

    ...

    A general in the rebels’ National Liberation Army attempted to play down the importance of the find when it was put to him by The Telegraph. “We are in a situation of war,” the general, Omar Hariri, said.

    But Col Gaddafi in a broadcast last week threatened that in order to return to Tripoli in triumph he was prepared to order a long insurgency. Although rebel leaders insist that “Libya is not Iraq” the potential for destabilising guerrilla war was already high due to the huge number of weapons present in the country.

    A former supply officer in Col Gaddafi’s army told The Telegraph last week that it had 15 millions light arms – Kalashnikov and FN rifles and Beretta sub-machine guns – even before the rebels brought in their own weapons.

    ...

    The Telegraph is not revealing the whereabouts of the arms dump for security reasons. A nearby resident, Mohammed Abdul Ahmed, said that they had watched soldiers from Libya’s feared Khamis Brigades bring the explosives in over the course of the civil war and lived in fear of the site being struck by NATO bombers.

    “Luckily the NATO bombers were very precise,” he said.

    Rebel soldiers had come and inspected the site, he said, and left a guard behind, but there was no sign of any guard when The Telegraph visited. A gate to the field was locked but the wall was low and gave out at one end, meaning only a small hillock had to be climbed to enter the field.


  •  Libya: Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    Interesting 3-d maps

    of Bani Walid

    also running tweets posted below them

  •  turkey/kurdistan via @acarvin re 9/4, 9/5 (3+ / 0-)
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    Ruwayda Mustafah
    RuwaydaMustafah Ruwayda Mustafah
    by acarvin
    I'm outraged at the killing of Turkish civilians today. This is unacceptable, PKK must realise that violence is not/will no be the answer.
    49 minutes ago
    »
    Ruwayda Mustafah
    RuwaydaMustafah Ruwayda Mustafah
    by acarvin
    For the past weeks, I have tweeted relentlessly about the shelling of South Kurdistan by Turkish warplanes. #TwitterKurds
    49 minutes ago

    general Kurdistan map, wikipedia enabled. bigger "w" buttons have ? more ? info, some "w" buttons may have action info/history.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:41:31 PM PDT

    •  POMED policy recommendations 6/2011 (3+ / 0-)
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      link to 5-pg pdf of recommendations.

      "Policy Recommendations [exerpt]
      Encourage Ankara to re-start a comprehensive process for resolving the Kurdish issue. In 2009, the AKP took unprecedented steps in pushing for reforms that would have granted the Kurds more political and cultural rights. However, the initiative quickly ground to a halt when Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants received a hero’s welcome from local Kurds upon their return to Turkey—outraging the Turkish majority. Yet no matter how daunting the challenge may be, ending the Kurdish conflict will be crucial for Turkey’s future stability and prosperity. The majority of Kurds, whose hopes were raised and then dashed by the “Democratic Opening,” voted for the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in the recent elections because they want a nonviolent political solution to this issue. Therefore, the AKP should work together with the BDP to first and foremost write a constitution that redefines Turkish citizenship in non-ethnic terms and recognizes the Kurdish language. Then it should take steps to address other issues like decentralization of government and allowing Kurdish cities to readopt their original names. Although the measures needed to resolve this issue are clear, it will be easy to recoil when faced with the political costs, so international support will be crucial."

      specialists, your comments are welcome, as i'm not terribly familiar. - gb

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:15:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  turkey vs PKK via AJE: (2+ / 0-)
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      source: my facebook - gb

      light link.

      loaded link.
      (has neat topic listing (not linked within story) at end, R-sidebar of directly-related AJE stories, and has top-R page link to another AJE story re journos on the MENA frontlines.)
      ---------------------
      again, apologies for these not all being directly related to "south Kurdistan." am still looking for details on that, mentioned in the initial tweets forwarded by @acarvin. - gb

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:44:53 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  wrong map. (2+ / 0-)
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      here's why.

      it's complicated.
      and i picked the wrong kurds.
      and therefore the wrong coordinates.
      but i was close enough for somebody's use, i hope.

      but if i keep finding "things" like this,, linking me to "things" like this,, and this, and this, i may never find the right map. but you know what?

      wikipedia does it very well. turkey is just more than a single bird can handle. wikipedia agrees.

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 09:35:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  iran vs netherlands via reuters-canada, re hanging (5+ / 0-)
    lite link to reuters
    "Relations between Iran and the Netherlands deteriorated early this year when a Dutch-Iranian woman was hanged in Iran in January and buried without her relatives being present. She had been arrested after taking part in demonstrations and accused of drug smuggling...Google said in its security blog on August 29 that it had received reports of attacks on Google users, that "the people affected were primarily located in Iran," and that the attacker used a fraudulent certificate issued by DigiNotar."

    source:
    @lissnup lissnup

    #DigiNotar - Dutch study possible #Iran hacking of government web sites | Technology | Reuters snup.us/bKV
    29 minutes ago via Tweet Button

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    •  journalistic requirements, copyright question (2+ / 0-)
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      "© Thomson Reuters 2011. All rights reserved. Users may download and print extracts of content from this website for their own personal and non-commercial use only. Republication or redistribution of Thomson Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters and its logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of the Thomson Reuters group of companies around the world."

      bold text = that's us, correct ?

      "Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to the Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests."
      do bloggers have a handbook ? do citizen journalists ?

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      by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:57:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    Latest from AlJazeera:
    Negotiations over Gaddafi stronghold collapse

    Last Modified: 04 Sep 2011 22:39

    Al Jazeera's Sue Turton, reporting from near Bani Walid on Sunday, said the fighters are now hoping the people in the town will rise up against supporters of Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan leader.

    "The negotiations are dead and buried," she said.

    ...

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, reporting from As Saddadah, southeast of Tripoi, said he had heard reports of fighting within Bani Walid.

    "This could be that that there are sleeper groups in that town [of Bani Walid] who are very much supporting the revolution and have started to rise in some parts of the town," he said.

  •  Libya and Egypt (3+ / 0-)
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    By   Reem Abdellatif /Daily News Egypt
        September 4, 2011, 7:01 pm

    Egypt-Libya economic cooperation starts with 2 million workers

    CAIRO: Egypt kicks off economic cooperation with Libya with plans to send 2 million Egyptian workers there upon the request of the National Transitional Council (NTC), a step that would benefit both countries.

    Ahmed El-Borai, Egypt’s Minister of Manpower, has agreed to send the workers to help rebuild Libya, Egyptian independent daily Al-Shorouk reported Sunday. This comes as part of several plans of economic cooperation across sectors.

    Before Libya’s revolution about 2 million Egyptians resided and worked in the country. During months of political upheaval that saw intense fighting between rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, roughly 500,000 Egyptians went back home.

    ...

    “You have to benefit from the proximity of both countries, especially when it comes to this next phase of construction in Libya,” Ezz said, “Egyptian skilled and unskilled labor is also cheaper … and Libya is not a multilingual country, this is also another advantage Egyptian workers have.”

    Construction is not the only asset Egyptians can provide in Libya.

    “You can’t have teachers, doctors, or nurses for example who do not speak Arabic in a country like Libya. Post-revolt Egyptian workers skilled and unskilled were needed and are still needed not just in Libya but all over the Arab world,” Ezz explained.

    Throughout the fighting, Egyptians were also helping their Libyan neighbors by sending food, medical supplies, and other necessities. Many Egyptians took caravans filled with food and medicine and travelled to the Western neighbor through the easily accessible Salloum border crossing.

  •  Libya: Tribes (3+ / 0-)
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    In depth (25 minute) exploration of how the Libyan tribes relate to Gaddafi's call to fight on.  Via Al Jazeera's Inside Story.

    Libya's tribes: Ready for Battle?

    They are armed and will not surrender. That was the warning from Muammar Gaddafi, Libya's embattled leader, as he spoke about the tribes loyal to him.

    Rebel fighters extended their deadline for Gaddafi loyalists to lay down their arms by another week. But any hopes of a peaceful takeover of Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte came to an abrupt end as he urges his supporters to keep fighting.  

    But will Libya's tribes heed Gaddafi's call to fight on? How will tribes decide the country's future? And why do tribes matter in Libya?

    Inside Story, with presenter Jane Dutton, discusses with guests: Faraj Najem, a historian and the author of Tribes, Islam and State in Libya; Benjamin Barber, a distinguished fellow at the Policy Center DEMOS; and Oliver Miles, the former UK ambassador to Libya.


    •  Libya: and Qatar (3+ / 0-)
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      Another AlJazeera in depth (25 minute) Inside Story exploration.

      The Emir & the Colonel: Qatar's role in Libya

      Last Modified: 04 Sep 2011 09:42

      Calling themselves the 'Friends of Libya,' 63 world leaders met in Paris on Thursday to discuss the country's future.

      Among them, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Al-Thani admits that Muammar Gaddafi could not have been toppled without NATO, but he did point out the Arab League could have done more.

      Qatar was the first Arab nation to support the allied forces and send its jets into Libya; a move praised by Western leaders who said the intervention was a turning point for the region.

      But as the Gulf emirate works to cement its role as a world player, is it being overly ambitious and what might the potential dangers be?

      Inside Story, with presenter Teymoor Nabili, discusses with guests: Jassim Sultan, a Qatari historian; Mansoor Alarayedh, the chairman of the Gulf Council for Foreign Relations; and David Roberts, the deputy director of the Royal United Services Institute in Qatar.

    •  Libya: and Al Quaeda (3+ / 0-)
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      Another AlJazeera in depth (25 minute) Inside Story exploration.

      What role is al-Qaeda playing in Libya?

      Last Modified: 31 Aug 2011 10:01

      Tensions are rising between Algeria and Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC).

      Muammar Gaddafi's family members have been given refuge in Algeria, but Libya wants them back.

      This comes a day after al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for blowing up an Algerian military academy, in what it says was a move intended to punish the country for supporting Gaddafi's regime.

      How significant is the role of al-Qaeda in stoking friction between Libya and its neighbour? And is the alleged relationship between al-Qaeda and the NTC helpful or a hindrance for Libyan progress towards a democratic state?

      Inside Story discusses with guests: Khalid Lum, a North African affairs analyst; Mustafa El-Khalfi, the director of the Moroccan Centre for Contemporary Research and Studies; and Saad Djebbar, an international lawyer.


  •  Syria on facebook via POMED: (3+ / 0-)
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    link.

    for your information, to share, to include ...

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 08:19:31 PM PDT

  •  current liveblogs on AJE: (3+ / 0-)
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    Live Blogs on Aljazeera-English
        Syria
        Libya
        Yemen
        Egypt
        Gaza
        Hurricane Irene
        Wikileaks

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 09:10:59 PM PDT

  •  Another story about Niz (5+ / 0-)

    from The Telegraph
    Libya: from Cardiff dentist to rebel controller
    By Andrew Gilligan 7:30AM BST 04 Sep 2011

    "We knew a week ahead that the 20th of August [when the rebels entered Tripoli] was going to be a focal day," Niz said. ... "But it wasn't as organised and preplanned as the east [the NTC leadership] would have you think. Opposition fighters, as warmly welcomed as they were, came into Tripoli and found already liberated streets. What they did is ensured that Tripoli stayed liberated – and they liberated places we couldn't have done, like Abu Salim."
  •  Libya opens govt ofcs to public, via nyt: (4+ / 0-)
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    light link.

    loaded link.

    To Celebrate Holy Month’s End, Libya Rebels Open Government Offices to Public

    source-Feb 17th.

    and are those offices spiffy now, or WHAT.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 10:39:38 PM PDT

  •  syrian strikes 9/4 (5+ / 0-)

    loaded link.

    "... Syrian pro-democracy activists say at least 13 people have been killed in anti-government protests.

    The reports of the deaths came on Sunday as the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met senior Syrian officials in the capital, Damascus.

    Jakob Kellenberger, the ICRC chief met Walid al-Muallem, the Syrian foreign minister, on Sunday and is scheduled to meet President Bashar al-Assad on Monday to to discuss the organisation's access to detainees held since anti-government unrest began in March.

    Security forces shot dead eight people in Idlib province in the country's northwestern on Sunday, the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), which groups anti-government activists on the ground, said.

    "Security forces, backed by the army, carried out an incursion in Khan Sheikhoun and opened fire", the LCC said.

    Security forces had surrounded hospitals "to prevent the wounded from being brought in for treatment", according to the LCC.

    The group said the total death toll on Sunday was 14, with four people also killed in suburbs of the central city of Hama. Deaths were also reported in Homs and in Jisren on the outskirts of Damascus.

    Activist groups told Al Jazeera that at least seven people died on Saturday, with four of those killed in Idlib, including one soldier who refused to open fire on protesters.

    Red Cross visit

    The visit by Kellenberger comes with the ICRC seeking access to prisons where thousands of activists and other civilians arrested in anti-government protests are believed to be held.

    "The ICRC visits detainees in order to assess the conditions in which they are being held and the treatment they receive," the ICRC said in a statement on Saturday.

    It said Kellenberger would also raise the issue of enhanced access to areas of unrest.

    "Ensuring that the sick and the wounded have access to medical care will be among the particularly urgent humanitarian challenges to be addressed with the Syrian authorities," the ICRC said.

    For prison visits, the ICRC has insisted on its standard terms, including full access to all detention centres, the right to interview detainees in private and make follow-up visits.

    The ICRC sought access for years to Syrian prisoners but stepped up its requests when the uprising first erupted in March."

    map.

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    by greenbird on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 11:44:28 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Tuaregs (4+ / 0-)
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    Reuters Sun Sep 4, 2011 5:31pm GMT
    (Additional reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaatchi in Agadez and Emma Farge in Libya; writing by Mark John)

    Tuareg fighters urged to drop Gaddafi, stay in Libya

    * Tuareg leaders urge countrymen in Libya to drop Gaddafi

    * Mass return of Tuareg fighters seen destabilising Mali, Niger

    * Region already suffers poverty, al Qaeda-linked crime

    NIAMEY, Sep 4 (Reuters) - Leaders of the Tuareg people in Niger and Mali are urging countrymen who fought in Muammar Gaddafi's army to stay in Libya and rally to its new rulers rather than head south to their fragile, poverty-stricken homelands.

    The return of thousands of armed Tuareg fighters could, they fear, be devastating to a region which has suffered years of rebellions and is now struggling to counter local al Qaeda allies plying the lucrative trade of foreign hostages.

    The Tuareg leaders said they won assurances from Libya's interim council early last month that Tuareg members of the regular army would not be targeted, but noted that they and other Africans in Libya still faced the threat of reprisals.

    ...
    Traditionally one of the largest nomadic groups of the Sahara, the Tuaregs are found across west and north Africa.

    Tens of thousands from Mali and Niger settled decades ago in Gaddafi's Libya, leaving behind countries where resources such as uranium and gold have yet to help populations which in some cases earn little more than a dollar a day per head.

    ...

    "Niger and Mali are very fragile states -- they could not take such an influx because we would be talking about hundreds of thousands of people," he said, including the families of Tuareg soldiers in Libya who return alongside them.

    Agadez region -- whose once thriving desert tourism industry has crashed because of a spate of al Qaeda-linked kidnappings of Westerners in the Sahel region -- has already taken back about 80,000 migrants fleeing Libya.

    ...

    Yet for now, those returning to their home country from Libya said hundreds were hiding in Libya too scared to go out in public for fear of being attacked by anti-Gaddafi forces.

    "All I know is hundreds of Nigeriens, either those who fought for Gaddafi or just plain labourers, are holed up in towns there too scared to go out," said Soumaila Mamane, a 35-year-old Nigerien who returned to Niger on Friday via Sabha.

  •  Libya 9/5: bani walid sez 2 gaddafi sons have left (5+ / 0-)

    Kim Ghattas (Retweeted by JohnstoneFire and 3 others)
    @BBCKimGhattas Kim Ghattas

    RT @BBCWorld: Head of Libya NTC tells BBC two #Gaddafi sons been blocking surrender of Bani Walid but have now left town bbc.in/i4qlsY
    25 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry

    date/time details in this tweet not clear:
    bbc was told today ?
    gaddafi sons now gone = today ?

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 04:54:56 AM PDT

  •  META: re syria map: (2+ / 0-)
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    map

    if you see hims at top location list, and see comment at blue location, please use dkos mail to message me.

    click my user name, send message. tx

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:02:02 AM PDT

  •  Libya: Suspicious death of Gaddafi official (4+ / 0-)
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    Intriguing conversation in Twitter form:

    RRowleyTucson Robert Rowley
    Confirmed: chief of #GaddafI's Rev. Committees, Abdel-Ghader al-Baghdadi was killed in a firefight today. #Libya #Feb17
    8 hours ago
    in reply to ↑

    @Palm_Maple
    Palm Maple
    @RRowleyTucson How G gangs were able 2 ambush Baghdadi Escort 2 Misrata is another urgent reason 4 taking BWalid before GF make secure bases
    8 hours ago via TweetDeck
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    RRowleyTucson Robert Rowley
    @
    @Palm_Maple As long as FF have road south secure to prevent any Gaddafi or inner circle escape
    8 hours ago

    Palm_Maple Palm Maple
    @
    @RRowleyTucson On top, how did GF knew that FF were transferring Baghdadi from Tripoli 2 Misrata for interrogation?
    8 hours ago

    Palm_Maple Palm Maple
    @
    @RRowleyTucson I argue; as long as B.Walid with G, incursions & attacks on roads around Tripoli will not stop.
    8 hours ago

    Palm_Maple Palm Maple
    @
    @RRowleyTucson Attack on Baghdadi convoy must've originated from a G base between Tripoli & Misrata. Supply 4 this G Cell must @ B.Walid

    I haven't seen the sources these two are apparently talking about.  Apparently Gaddafi's chief of "Rev. Committee" (I don't know what it is, but it must be important), Abdel-Ghader al-Baghdadi had been arrested/detained by FF.  Apparently, they were taking him from Tripoli to Misrata for interrogation.  Apparently, the escort was ambushed, somewhere between these two cities, by Gaddafi forces, a firefight ensued, and Baghdadi was killed.

    That's significant news in itself (and I haven't seen anything yet, but I trust these two sources), but the broader implications are significant, also, and this conversation articulates them.  

    How secure are things when an NTC/FF arrest/interrogation escort with a major Gaddafi official can be ambushed on a major route.  And how secure does that mean FF communications may be?

    Which is why finishing the job is so critical.  Gadafi et al will fight to the very last end.

    •  "Rev. Committee" (2+ / 0-)
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      "revolutionary committees"

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

      The "Revolutionary sector" of Gaddafi's Jamahiriya had been officially under the control of "Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution" Muammar Gaddafi since 1979. Beginning in 1977, Gaddafi had introduced "revolutionary committees" assigned the task of "absolute revolutionary supervision of people's power"; that is, they were to guide the people's committees and "raise the general level of political consciousness and devotion to revolutionary ideals". In reality, Gaddafi's revolutionary committees resembled similar systems in socialist countries, used to survey the population and repress any political opposition to Gaddafi's autocratic rule. Reportedly 10 to 20 percent of Libyans worked in surveillance for these committees, a proportion of informants on par with Saddam Hussein's Iraq or Kim Jong Il's North Korea.[4]

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:47:35 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  egypt, re trials: (4+ / 0-)
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    @Zeinobia Zeinobia

    all Egypt is following @Gamaleid
    1 minute ago via web
    Retweeted by Emadony

        [Emadony]
        [OlaOsman]

    Mentioned in this Tweet

    gamaleid
        gamaleid gamaleid · Follow
        Lawyer and Executive Director ANHRI.NET
    الشبكة العربية لمعلومات حقوق الإنسان مصري، داعم لحرية التعبير ضد المحاكم

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    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:11:23 AM PDT

    •  Amnesty International regarding Gamal Eid - others (4+ / 0-)
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      http://www.amnesty.org/...

      Amnesty International has urged the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against two leading human rights activists and a well-known blogger whose trial is expected to conclude in Cairo on Saturday.

      Gamal Eid, Ahmed Seif El-Islam Hamad and blogger Amr Gharbeia, a staff member at Amnesty International, are accused of "defamation", "the use of threats" and "misuse of communication tools".

      I feel this will be a indication of the success or failure of the new government in Egypt. There seems to be a tendency for the government to return to old familiar ways.

      Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

      by Just Bob on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:57:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  LIBYA - A follow-up to my earlier post above, (7+ / 0-)

    regarding Nic Kristoff's piece on Salem al-Madhoun, the new military commander of Tajoura, Tripoli.

    Kristoff also has a video report out, and it is amazing to see the happiness and smile in this man's eyes.  It's well worth a viewing:

    http://shabablibya.org/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:49:15 AM PDT

  •  LIBYA - Interesting AP piece on how thw Arab (6+ / 0-)

    dictatorships supported each other:

    Sep. 5, 2011 2:21 AM ET

    Gadhafi leaned on Arab allies to stay in power

    MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press

    CAIRO (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's dictatorship likely wouldn't have survived for more than four decades without the sea of dictators all around, protecting one another and working together to silence dissident voices.

    Gadhafi himself saw collapse was inevitable as Arab unity frayed, and he pointed to the fall of Iraq's Saddam Hussein as a sign of things to come. "Your turn is next," he warned fellow leaders in a scathing speech at the 2008 Arab League summit in Damascus.

    Back in 2008, Gadhafi's listeners laughed. Now, besides Gadhafi, longtime autocrats have been swept from power by popular uprisings in Tunisia, where the Arab Spring began, and Egypt. Syria's Bashar Assad and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh are also under fierce pressure.

    Ties with autocrats stretch back to the early days of Gadhafi's regime, historians have written. The night Gadhafi — then a junior officer who would later promote himself to colonel — ousted King Idriss, the first planeload of official visitors to land in Tripoli was from Egypt. Gamal Abdel Nasser sent veteran journalist and top adviser Mohammed Hassanin Haikal to take the measure of his neighbor's new ruler.

    Gadhafi told Haikal he would seek Nasser's guidance. Haikal promised Egypt's support.

    Only four months after Gadhafi's coup, two members of his Revolutionary Command Council turned against him. Egyptian intelligence officers tipped off Gadhafi that he faced a coup, according to historians.

    Shortly after that, King Idriss' nephew Abdullah al-Abid al-Senoussi, also known as the Black Prince, led a force of 5,000 mercenaries from Chad and planned to arm tribes loyal to the king to fight against Gadhafi. This time, it was Tunisians who are believed to have tipped off Gadhafi.

    In a recent interview, Gadhafi's former Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam, who defected during this year's rebellion, told the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat that Gadhafi used to pay former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a monthly salary, and that Tunisian-Libyan cooperation was "at the highest level."

    The exchange of security and intelligence information was the only successful sphere of cooperation among Arab governments, asserted Fathi al-Baja, a Libyan political scientist and top political leader for the Libyan rebels.

    "This is the only thing they could do," he said.

    snip

    http://hosted2.ap.org/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:52:52 AM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid: Uncertainty (3+ / 0-)
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    Starts with this tweet:

    feb17libya Feb17Libya
    Libyan commander, Mohammed al-Fassi, says the door is still open for negotiations over Bani Walid's surrender feb17.info/news/live-liby… #Libya
    3 hours ago

    Live Link:
    (FEB 17th website)
                   Live: Libya Unrest: September 5, 2011
    11:40pm: Al Jazeera’s Sue Turton reports on developments from near Bani Walid:

    Rebels have pushed to within 7km of the centre of Bani Walid. They exchanged fire with some of the Gaddafi’s forces. But they have since retreated a little bit instead of setting up a defensive position there, and the reason for that is, we have more talks..

    He said that another group had come forward from the centre of Bani Walid saying that they are completely separate from the others that wanted to talk yesterday when it all broke down..

    ...

    They are very concerned that there could very well be civilians who are killed, so they are willing to talk to just about anybody that puts their hands up and says they represent anything to do with the pro-Gaddafi forces..

    Rest of tweet conversation:

    @WEELULE
    WEELULE
    @feb17libya I just wish they get their act together and speak with one voice, statments are coming from everwhere, who is in charge?
    3 hours ago via web
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    replies ↓

    alchemist585 Nasr Anaizi
    @
    @WEELULE @feb17libya @ears2dgrwnd The whole operation has now degenerated into a tribal affair. Disappointing. #SayNo2Tribalism #NTC #Libya
    1 hour ago

    cmonsense A
    @
    @alchemist585 @WEELULE @feb17libya @ears2dgrwnd In my opinion,NTC shld have not accepted imposition of having only Warfalla FFs neg. in BW
    1 hour ago
    »

    alchemist585 Nasr Anaizi
    @
    @cmonsense @weelule @feb17libya @ears2dgrwnd The #NTC is guilty of reinforcing tribalism beginning w/ #Obaidat, & now #Werfallah #Libya
    1 hour ago


  •  LIBYA - What a huge change from the Gaddafi (11+ / 0-)

    Regime, and a good start to a new way of government in Libya.  An inspiring event:

    To Celebrate Holy Month’s End, Libya Rebels Open Government Offices to Public

    By ROD NORDLAND
    Published: September 4, 2011

    TRIPOLI, Libya — After the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends with the Id al-Fitr holiday, Libyan employers traditionally throw a reception for their workers. On Sunday, the interim rebel government decided to make its reception a little different and declared an open house.

    Pretty much anyone was welcome who was willing to dress up and step through the metal detector at the door to the hall of the General Congress of the People; once inside they were encouraged to wander the halls and meet the men (and a woman or two) who are trying to put things back together again.

    During the decades of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s harsh and eccentric rule, the building housed the prime minister and his top officials. Since Tripoli, the capital, fell less than two weeks ago, the rebel leaders who have arrived here have settled into its hardwood-paneled offices and marble corridors to begin tackling the nitty-gritty problems inherited by the victors, ranging from restoring the water supply and phone service to dealing with the gunmen still roaming the streets.

    On Sunday, such challenges were put aside.

    “We could never have entered this place before,” said Mohadin Krekshi, who runs a legal translation agency and said he lost his government job 42 years ago, after Colonel Qaddafi seized power, for failing to declare allegiance to him. “Can you imagine? This is like some kind of No. 10 Downing Street, and all of the Tripolitani are here.”

    Mr. Krekshi wore a smile pasted across his face, like nearly everyone else, except for a few very nervous bodyguards.

    snip

    Mohammed al-Misrati raises Arabian racehorses, but he took time off from the business of rounding up escaped horses who had been frightened off by explosions to bring along his gaggle of six beaming children. “Wonderful, wonderful,” he said of the open house. He was soon animatedly discussing the writing of a new constitution and national elections.

    snip

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 06:12:03 AM PDT

  •  LIBYA - A photo series that reveals the luxury in (4+ / 0-)

    which the Gaddafi family lived.  

    http://www.boston.com/...

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 06:15:25 AM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (9+ / 0-)

    Via Tweet Deck:

    Palm Maple

    "I was in Bani Walid yesterday. There are no Gaddafi brigades there, only Warfalla volunteers who are fighting on Gaddafi's side," said Hassan Warfalla, 42, a power company employee. See full article in Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/...

    Long post from Deck.ly   Just now


    Reuters article linked above:

    "Cousin to cousin," Libyan siege tests tribal divides

    By Maria Golovnina
    NORTH OF BANI WALID, Libya | Mon Sep 5, 2011 10:57am BST
    (Reuters)

    Squatting in the shade of a crumbling hut on the outskirts of Bani Walid, a besieged town still loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, Hassan Warfalla said his tribe would not be persuaded easily to lay down their arms and surrender.

    He has come to embrace the popular revolution that has brought down the curtain on 42 years of maverick one-man rule by Gaddafi. But many in his tribe that dominates Bani Walid have not done so, Warfalla cautioned.

    ...

    "Many Gaddafi leaders were from the Warfalla. They will not surrender Bani Walid until there are guarantees that they will not be arrested or tried. Many of them committed crimes and killed a lot of people."

    ...

    With rebel forces massing at its gates and NATO planes roaring overhead, the face-off now holds important clues as to whether Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) will be capable of putting tribal divisions aside to negotiate a peaceful handover -- or risk sliding back into bloodshed.

    Nestled in rocky hills about 150 km (90 miles) south of Tripoli, Bani Walid is an ancestral home to the Warfalla, Libya's biggest and most important tribe. They number about a million out of the country's six million population.

    ...

    On Sunday, tribal elders, their robes strikingly white against the bleak yellow of the desert, gathered at a rebel checkpoint to discuss reconciliation. The way the talks were conducted, on rugs spread out on the ground at the heavily fortified government checkpoint, offered interesting glimpses into the complicated world of Libya's tribal politics.

    Rebels put their rifles on the ground and listened intently. Their faces were grim. The key stumbling block, the elders explained, was the presence of Gaddafi loyalists who were putting pressure on the locals to fight.

    ...

    After hours of bitter negotiations, the elders drove back down into the valley to take the message from the anti-Gaddafi camp to their pro-Gaddafi masters. Some shook their heads with frustration. Hours later, talks broke down.

    Despite the lack of progress, the fighters were upbeat. The interim government is keen to demonstrate its resolve to end the impasse peacefully.

    ...With a long history of fluctuating allegiances, the Warfalla have long been the kingmakers of Libya's complex tribal politics. Its powerful role in society speaks volumes about the kind of difficulties Libya's new rulers now face in uniting the country and forming an all-inclusive democratic government.

    Gaddafi ruled Libya as a personal fiefdom for 42 years and he encouraged tribal divisions in order to ensure maximum control over the North African state's fractious population.

    The present political structure has no blueprint for resolving such conflicts, with no public institutions or government bodies that can facilitate national reconciliation. Some fear that simmering tribal tensions could boil over into a full scale conflict, creating a scenario not unlike the sectarian split in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

  •  Egypt: Mubarak trial resumes (9+ / 0-)

    al-Masry al-Youm, Mubarak trial updates: Judge Refaat orders third recess

    3:40 pm: According to Al-Masry Al-Youm's correspondent, 21 anti-Mubarak protesters were arrested and transferred to the Public Prosecution Office. Among the protesters was activist Amr Morsy from the April 6 Youth Movement-Democratic Front, who's alleged to be injured.

    3:35 pm: The Health Ministry has announced that the number of people injured in clashes outside the Police Academy has risen to 12.

    3:30 pm: Judge Refaat orders a recess for the third time.

    3:25 pm: The session resumed a few minutes ago. There's chaos in the courtroom as the judge allows the lawyers of the martyrs to cross-examine General Moussa.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:01:50 AM PDT

  •  Libya: UN ready to assist Libya elections (10+ / 0-)

    AFP via Al-Ahram, UN ready to assist Libya elections: envoy

    The United Nations is ready to assist Libya's new authorities in their preparations for elections, UN envoy Ian Martin told reporters in Tripoli on Monday.

    "The National Transitional Council has put assistance with the electoral process very high on the list of tasks where they seek United Nations assistance and so we have done a good deal of preparatory work," he said.

    The special adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Tripoli on Saturday for talks with the local authorities on how the United Nations can help them in the months ahead.
    [more]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:05:23 AM PDT

  •  Syria: New killings; Red Cross visit - AJE (10+ / 0-)
    Fresh deaths reported across Syria

    Activists say at least 13 more people killed ahead of Red Cross chief's meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
    (Video Report)

    ( ... )

    Security forces shot dead eight people in Idlib province in the country's northwestern on Sunday, the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), which groups anti-government activists on the ground, said.

    "Security forces, backed by the army, carried out an incursion in Khan Sheikhoun and opened fire", the LCC said.

    Security forces had surrounded hospitals "to prevent the wounded from being brought in for treatment", according to the LCC.

    The group said the total death toll on Sunday was 14, with four people also killed in suburbs of the central city of Hama. Deaths were also reported in Homs and in Jisren on the outskirts of Damascus.

    ( more )

    “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” ~ Malachy McCourt

    by jnhobbs on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 07:19:42 AM PDT

  •  Gaddafi sons left Bani Walid (8+ / 0-)
    Two sons of fugitive Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi were holed up in the town of Bani Walid until Saturday but have now left, says the head of the country's interim authorities.

    Mustafa Abdul Jalil told the BBC that Saif al-Islam and Mutassim Gaddafi had been blocking the town's surrender.

    Earlier, rebels said negotiations for Bani Walid's surrender had broken down and an assault was imminent.

    But Mr Abdul Jalil said the talks would continue until a deadline on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, a senior anti-Gaddafi commander is demanding an apology from the UK and the US over his capture and torture in Libya in 2004.

    Their role has been revealed in CIA papers found when offices and prisons in Tripoli were captured by anti-Gaddafi forces belonging to the National Transitional Council (NTC).

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists. PL poutrage lasts a week, max.
    Call the media when they Lie

    by amk for obama on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:00:19 AM PDT

  •  North African Arab Spring - I just published a (10+ / 0-)

    diary about the effect of the Arab Spring on the implementation of renewable energy projects in North Africa.  I hope you enjoy reading it:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Una, Jennifer... if you feel that it is worth of being a part of the witnessing diary series, feel free to link to it or highlight something from it.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:11:29 AM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid? (2+ / 0-)
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    Evan Hill
    Big plume of smoke from far south #Tripoli right now: http://ow.ly/...
    2 hours ago via HootSuite
  •  Libya: Bani Walid (3+ / 0-)
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    AlJazeera  - Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:53 GMT+3
    Anti-Gaddafi campaigner explains delay in Bani Walid campaign

    Libyan fighters are poised for assaults on two of Muammar Gaddafi's last remaining strongholds, Bani Walid and Sirte, but renewed negotiations have raised hopes for a peaceful end to the standoff.

    Mohammed Bashir Saleh is an anti-Gaddafi campaigner. He explained to Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons why revolutionary forces have not yet attacked Bani Walid.


  •  Libya: UK Torture Investigations (5+ / 0-)

    AlJazeera Monday, September 5, 2011 - 17:23 GMT+3
    Anita McNaught explains context of Cameron's speech on Libya

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to welcome an investigation into "significant" accusations that the UK security services became "too close" to Libya.

    Documents discovered in Tripoli following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's dictatorial regime appear to suggest that the UK traded information with Libya in return for intelligence extracted from terror suspects under interrogation in Libyan prisons.

    MI6 has been implicated in having certain people tortured, violating British law. This was supposed to have been done durring the tenure of Tony Blair. Anita says the finding speaks of a moral vacum at the heart of British government.

    Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught reports from Tripoli.

  •  Libya: Water (4+ / 0-)
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    Ismael Zmirli
    Good news from Tripoli: Water is slowly returning to most neighborhoods. GMMR pumps being reactivated & water being tested. #libya #feb17
    2 hours ago via web
    •  AP: water on in over 70% of Tripoli (5+ / 0-)

      Libyan official: Water back on in parts of Tripoli

      By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press – 2 hours ago

      The water crisis served as a reminder of the long reach of Gadhafi, even as he is on the run and his remaining loyalists find themselves encircled in a shrinking number of strongholds.

      Rebel officials have given conflicting accounts of what happened to the water.

      Jalal el-Gallal, a spokesman for the rebels' interim government, said Monday that retreating Gadhafi forces deliberately destroyed water pumps on the outskirts of Tripoli. ...

      Last week, another senior official, Aref Ali Nayed, told The Associated Press that attacks by Gadhafi loyalists on water engineers trying to restart pumping stations in remote areas of the desert were to blame for the water outage.

      I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

      by rsmpdx on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 12:34:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Witnessing revolution is revolution? (7+ / 0-)

    MIT looks at the media and the Arab Awakening (Mo Nabous is the star).

    from Technology Review
    The Voice of Libya
    An inspiring story of citizen journalism.
    JOHN POLLOCK 09/05/2011

    almost 30,000 donors helped the international civic organization Avaaz—"voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—build a war chest for its Breaking the Middle East Blackout campaign. They've used these funds to supply high-tech phones, satellite internet modems, and training to activists in Syria, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere.

    A lot of the footage and eyewitness accounts Avaaz supporters fostered has fed directly into mainstream news cycles across CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and others, as well as through the Avaaz Arab Awakening Twitter account.
    . . .
    "When the revolution started, Gaddafi cut all means of communication outside Libya," says Gihan Badi, a Libyan architect based in the UK. She calls Nabbous, who is one of her best friends, "this genius guy," in part because he saw what needed to be done and reacted fast. He left the street protests to spend two days rigging up a satellite connection for live feeds.
    . . .
    When the uprising moved to Misrata, says Badi, computer engineers there followed the same method Nabbous had pioneered in Benghazi.
    . . .
    In Tripoli, ... Badi taught one activist, via the Internet, to use Dropbox, and then started passing on a stream of videos and photos to the BBC. ... She also got coordinates of Gaddafi's troop locations and ammunition warehouses which she then sent onto NATO's Italian command center in Naples.

    "I can't believe I was doing this job," says Badi, "I am just a simple person, I haven't done much compared to being someone on the frontline holding a gun facing a tank." She knows hundreds of people in Europe and the US who quietly provided help and support in many different ways, but says "none of us want anything for what we're doing; we just want to help our brothers and sisters."

  •  T&R....sorry for the belated T&R , I've been (6+ / 0-)

    behind of late

  •  Libya: 30k Missing (6+ / 0-)

    Sky News
    7:22pm UK, Monday September 05, 2011
    Lisa Holland, foreign affairs correspondent, Tripoli

    Doctor Fears 30,000 Libyans Are Missing

    A doctor at a Tripoli hospital has told Sky News she believes as many as 30,000 men are missing after Libya's six-month revolution.

    Dr Aman Said Hamad said she feared they might never be traced - believing many were now dead.
    Relatives of Libya's "disappeared" have begun posting pictures of their loved ones at hospitals. Dr Hamad is co-ordinating efforts to try to trace the men.

    ...

    Sky spoke to the family of Mohammed Shaibi who was part of the opposition movement. His wife Zeinab said she has no idea what has happened to him.
    He went to join the fight for Tripoli and never came back.
    Sky met Zeinab and their two young daughters Rawasi and Sama at their home in Zawiyah, about an hour from Tripoli.

  •  Libya: Prisoners (3+ / 0-)
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    Evan Hill
    My latest for AJE on the NTC's prisoner dilemma, in which the ICRC says they have no evidence of actual "mercenaries" http://ow.ly/...
    2 hours ago via HootSuite

    Link is to "Libya's NTC shackled by prisoner overload," AlJazeera,
    Evan Hill Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 17:01.

    The detention of thousands of suspected mercenaries and enemy fighters has left Libya's new government facing crowded prisons and concerns from rights groups that inmates may suffer unfair trials and mistreatment.

    The detentions have continued in recent days even as the fighting for Tripoli has mostly ended. Yet the influx of inmates has become a growing problem for the National Transition Council (NTC) and perhaps its toughest test since seizing power from Muammar Gaddafi and his army.

    The NTC must decide how to treat those who fought for Gaddafi, and how to ensure that migrant Sub-Saharan workers are not arrested or abused on suspicions of having been recruited as mercenaries.

    "Our concerns are the wide-scale roundups and detentions that are creating a climate of fear," said Samuel Cheung, a senior protection officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Tripoli.

    ...

    With the Libyan court system yet to reconvene, how to deal with the prisoners remains a question.

    "There isn't actually a proper judicial process. They don't give them court dates. They don’t give them lawyers, not just yet," Abdul Busin, spokesman for the military police, said.

    "But they do differentiate between mercenaries and migrant workers. They try to as much as possible."

    ...

    Abdelmajid Mlegta, the Tripoli security committee member responsible for a part of western Tripoli, said 300 inmates were being held at the National Oil Institute (NOI) alone.

    Mlegta and other officials expressed confidence that many of those they are holding fought for Gaddafi.
    Yet the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that none of the prisoners held by the NTC are mercenaries.

    "The ICRC is not aware of any foreign nationals who participated in the fighting who meet strict conditions to be deemed mercenaries under international humanitarian law," Soaade Messoudi, ICRC communications co-ordinator in Libya, said.

    "These people must therefore receive the same treatment as any other person deprived of his freedom in relation to this conflict."

    •  Related twitter conversation (1+ / 0-)
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      My latest for AJE on the NTC's prisoner dilemma, in which the ICRC says they have no evidence of actual "mercenaries" http://ow.ly/...
      2 hours ago
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      @ChangeInLibya
      Ismael Zmirli
      @evanchill It's amazing how everyone accuses us of racism straight away. We're at war. Many of these prisoners were shooting at us days ago
      2 hours ago via web
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      @ChangeInLibya @evanchill a friend in janzour said half of them were already released and/or given to UNHCR
      2 hours ago

  •  Libya: Arms from China (4+ / 0-)
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    @4Adam
    Adam
    China arms sales memos to Gaddafi show brand new arms & equipments recently imported through Algeria acc. to NTC youtube.com/watch?v=3WwHEI… #Libya
    Flag this media YouTube
    2 hours ago via web
  •  Libya: tripoli has water because... (3+ / 0-)
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    (tweet forwarded by septimius sever)

    @SayNoToGaddafi Mohamed Aleeby

    I should clarify that the water that returned to Tripoli was a result of FFs from Shati from Hassawna tribe. They lost 3 matyrs.
    1 hour ago via web

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 01:48:24 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid Tweets (3+ / 0-)
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    Piers Scholfield
    @inglesi
    BBC World Service
    Read bottom to top:

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    @
    @Jonny_Hallam haha - I was on tv more than my correspondent today..
    4 minutes ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Now within 50km of Bani Walid in fact. There's a media centre! (no broadband but food & cold drinks..) twitpic.com/6gickg
    4 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Press being allowed another 30km closer to Bani Walid - will be about 35km north of town.
    6 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator - Dr Abdullah Kanshil - says there are 8 high-ranking Gaddafi personnel in Bani Walid, including Musa Ibrahim. #Libya
    8 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator: any decision to wait might be at least partly because some of national leadership have relatives in BW, want to avoid bloodshed.
    8 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator: Any decision to go in militarily not my decision - that will happen at national, international & local council level.
    8 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator: only difference between y'day and today - fighters are positioned 17km from BW rather than 30km.
    8 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator: situation in Bani Walid is a catastrophe - no food, water, electricity or communications. We are getting supplies in.
    8 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Chief BW political negotiator: there are no longer any talks with pro-Gaddafi forces in Bani Walid, but we're talking to locals. #Libya
    8 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Saturday deadline isn't taken into consideration around Bani Walid - negotiator says that is only Sirte. ATOW no specific deadline here.
    10 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Negotiator says they are waiting for decisions from NTC in Tripoli / Benghazi in terms of military action, but nothing yet.
    10 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    North of Bani Walid. Main negotiator confirms talks are not going on but still hoping pro-G forces lay down their weapons today. #Libya
    11 hours ago

    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    What goes up must come down - Bullet embedded on roof of our car - celebratory gunfire some time in last 2 days twitpic.com/6gcfmx
    13 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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    inglesi Piers Scholfield
    Back on the road to Bani Walid this morning for another day of searing heat and hopefully a story. But perhaps not. #Libya
    14 hours ago

  •  Libya: Healing (4+ / 0-)
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    A Libyan-American psychiatrist, once a #Gaddafi regime target, is helping kids in #Libya heal emotionally. bit.ly/n4SS2f
    4 hours ago via TweetDeck

    Live Link:
    Helping children heal

    MercyCorps Bija Gutoff Senior Writer/Editor
    September 5, 2011

    I recently caught up with Dr. Omar Reda, a Libyan-American psychiatrist who’s helping Mercy Corps set up psychosocial programs for children affected by the conflict there.

    Dr. Reda earned his medical training at Libya’s Al Arab Medical University. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Tennessee and received additional training in disaster psychology at Harvard. Today he is assistant professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and three children.

    In March, Mercy Corps began delivering humanitarian aid — food, water, sanitation — to people in Libya whose lives have been upended. Now we’re working with our partners Bright Horizons and Nike to adapt our Comfort for Kids and Moving Forward programs. We’ve used them after other disasters to help children recover. Dr. Reda is leading the effort.

    You fled Libya more than ten years ago. You were working as an ER doctor in Benghazi and learned you were on Gaddafi’s hit list because you’d been delivering food to needy families. How does it feel to be back?
    I left as a refugee, and now I’m coming back to a country that’s going to be free. That’s a very nice feeling.

    ...

    What symptoms are the children exhibiting?
    We’re seeing children who are agitated and clingy. They’re having nightmares. They can’t listen or focus. And some of them are acting violent toward their siblings.

    Are the adults equipped to handle this kind of thing?
    No, they’re not. Libya is a society that’s not used to the whole notion of mental health. Here, someone who gets mental health services must be a crazy person. A social worker is someone who deals with delinquency. You call them in when a child is in trouble, and the “treatment” is to punish the child. Now I’m explaining the role of a social worker and mental health services for kids who aren’t bad, or in trouble, but rather, if they’re acting out then there’s something they need that they are not getting. So we’re teaching the adults how to find out what they need.

    ...

    How do the Mercy Corps programs help these kids?
    We had a tent in Freedom Square where we had art projects for children up to age 12, as part of our Comfort for Kids program. It was amazing – the first couple of days the kids were drawing pictures of blood and dead bodies and tanks, and then we played games with them, and talked, and their drawings started to change. We saw flowers and color start to come out.

    What about the older kids?
    We saw teenagers trying to start trouble in the square because they had nothing to do. So we took some volleyballs and basketballs there and we started a tournament. That gave them a way to release their energy, and their attitude started to change. Now they’re coming together a few times a week for the Moving Forward program, and they sit in a circle with mentors and they talk about their feelings. We use sports and games to teach teamwork, self-esteem and constructive communication.

    ...

    What do you think the children of Libya need most? And how can Mercy Corps supporters help them?
    The children as well as the adults need psychological support. We’ve been asked to open tents — like we have for the children — for women, and for men, too. We need to expand this program. Right now we are just beginning. And it’s having a positive effect. What I want to say to the people who support Mercy Corps is, “Please don’t stop believing in us. Don’t stop believing in Libya.”

  •  Libya: Al-Qaeda gets arms (2+ / 0-)
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    Al Arabiya English
    Monday 05 September 2011
    By AFP Brussels

    Qaeda offshoot acquires Libyan air missiles: EU

    Al-Qaeda’s north African branch has acquired a stockpile of weapons in Libya, including surface-to-air missiles that are threatening air travel, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator said Monday.

    Due to the turmoil in Libya, members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have “gained access to weapons, either small arms or machine-guns, or certain surface-to-air missiles which are extremely dangerous because they pose a risk to flights over the territory,” said Gilles de Kerchove.


  •  Libya: Tripoli: More on Water (4+ / 0-)
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    Shabab Libya
    Sept 5, 2011

    Libyan official: Water back on in parts of Tripoli

    RIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Water started flowing again in several areas of Tripoli on Monday, putting an end to an outage of more than a week that rebels blamed on sabotage by retreating Moammar Gadhafi loyalists.

    Tripoli’s nearly 2 million residents had survived on brackish water from wells and drinking water delivered by trucks and ships from neighboring countries.

    After water flowed from faucets again Monday, some residents rushed out to celebrate by washing their cars. “Thank God, everything is going to be all right,” said Ali Hamed, a resident of Tripoli’s western neighborhood of Dreibi, as he sprayed his car with water from a hose.

    ...

    Rebel officials have given conflicting accounts of what happened to the water.

    Jalal el-Gallal, a spokesman for the rebels’ interim government, said Monday that retreating Gadhafi forces deliberately destroyed water pumps on the outskirts of Tripoli. The pumps are part of the “Great Manmade River Project,” a vast network of underground pipes and channels that is fed by aquifers deep in the Sahara Desert.

    Last week, another senior official, Aref Ali Nayed, told The Associated Press that attacks by Gadhafi loyalists on water engineers trying to restart pumping stations in remote areas of the desert were to blame for the water outage.

    ...

    In many neighborhoods, residents relied on wells that were in use before the capital was hooked up to the water network in the 1990s. However, the well water was brackish and not fit to drink, residents said.

    The U.N. has shipped several million bottles of drinking to Tripoli’s port and distributed them via hundreds of mosques. On Monday, pickup trucks sent by mosques waited at the dock to take their allotment for distribution.

  •  Libya: Sirte (2+ / 0-)
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    Latest from my team on #Sirte Front. Reporting Paul Wood, Camera Tim Facey. (including shots of Gads shelling #FF ): bbc.co.uk/news/world-afr…
    1 hour ago via web

    Live Link:
    Libya rebels long-range battle for Sirte

    There are still several pockets of pro-Gaddafi resistance in Libya.

    National Transitional Council forces have moved into position around Bani Walid, 150km (95 miles) south-east of the capital Tripoli.

    Bani Walid is one of four towns and cities still controlled by Gaddafi forces.

    The others are Jufra, Sabha and Col Gaddafi's birthplace in Sirte.

    The BBC's Paul Wood reports from outside the town of Sirte.

  •  Libya: Tripoli: Eid Timelapse (4+ / 0-)
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    You REALLY REALLY have to Watch this ! Eid Timelapse (Martyr Square | #Tripoli #Libya) on Vimeo! vimeo.com/28595010
    1 hour ago via Tweet Button

    Live Link:
    Eid Timelapse (Martyr Square | Tripoli * Libya)
    by Miri

    a Perfect time-lapse of the 1st Eid Prayer in Martyr Square in Free Libya. Without Qaddafi and his propaganda.

    We filmed from 5am until 10:30am. None Stop Frames.

  •  Bahrain: 200 detainees join hunger strike (9+ / 0-)
    AFP/NOW Lebanon

    200 Bahraini detainees on hunger strike, activist says
    September 5, 2011

    More than 200 Shia Bahrainis jailed for their role in a month of pro-democracy protests in the Sunni-ruled kingdom have joined a hunger strike, a rights and opposition activist said on Monday.

    The strike was started last week ago by 12 doctors arrested in the wake of a mid-March deadly crackdown on the Shia-led protests, said Nabeel Rajab, the head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.

    He said the number of prisoners on strike has climbed to more than 200, adding that some of the medics have been hospitalized.

    ( more )

    “Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” ~ Malachy McCourt

    by jnhobbs on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 03:32:43 PM PDT

  •  Libya: trying to reign in the gunfire (8+ / 0-)

    This may have been posted in a previous WR blog, but in secure areas they're trying to get people to stop with the celebratory gunfire.  Apparently (via FGM) they're now showing this video on TV.  You can watch it with English captions, or there's a translation just below.

    It's at least a good sign toward normalization and a return to everyday life, where possible.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 03:42:04 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    Shabab Libya
    Sept 5, 2011 Source: The Telegraph

    Libya: Gaddafi sons leave squad to defend stronghold using human shields

    Col Gaddafi’s sons have fled their stronghold of Bani Walid, scuppering negotiations for its surrender and leaving behind a squad of troops with orders to defend it using residents as human shields, according to rebel forces.

    Saif al-Islam and Mutassim Gaddafi were said to have been in the town, one of only three major Libyan centres still holding out for the former leader, as recently as last week.

    ...

    The main Gaddafi brigade left with Saif al-Islam,” said Abdullah Kenshil, the chief negotiator for the rebels, at a checkpoint north of the town. “We think there are 70 troops left there in the town, but there are other people with them.”

    He added that residents were being prevented from fleeing.

    Col Abdulrazzaq al-Nadouri, the deputy commander of rebel forces based in the town of Tarhouna, about 50 miles to the north, added: “Some of them [Gaddafi forces] are hiding in local families they are using as human shields. We’re afraid for the families in the town.”

  •  Large Libyan convoy arrives in Niger (5+ / 0-)
    (Reuters) - A large convoy of Libyan armored vehicles escorted by the Nigerian military arrived in the northern Niger desert town of Agadez late on Monday, a French military source and a Niger military source told Reuters.

    The French military source said he had been told Muammar Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam might be considering joining the convoy en route to Burkina Faso, a landlocked West African state which has offered Gaddafi and his family asylum and has a border with Niger.

    http://reut.rs/...

    "In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."- Albert Camus

    by valadon on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:38:58 PM PDT

  •  thread comments at 277: (1+ / 0-)
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    when is next post ? i've lost my place in the schedule of days because of the futbol excitement and usa holiday.

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 05:48:35 PM PDT

  •  Remember that photog killed in the early tumult? (5+ / 0-)

    He took great pictures, too!

    @cjchivers C.J. Chivers

    Please consider helping the 3 children of a photographer killed on duty. R.I.P. Anton Hammerl, lost in Libya, 2011 www.friendsofanton.org

    59 minutes ago via Tweet Button

  •  Life for a Libyan translator at the Rixos Hotel (7+ / 0-)

    TRANSLATING FOR GHEDDAFI
    Real stories told by a libyan man describing the dictatorship of Gheddafi to the world.
    AHMED FERGIANI
    MERCOLEDÌ 24 AGOSTO 2011

    He even names reporters who were on the take.  In the comments a couple of press people thank him.

  •  Algeria rejecting Libyan officers (3+ / 0-)
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    from Thaindian News*
    Algeria doesn’t permit Gaddafi regime officials to enter
    Sun Sep 04 2011 22:53:43 GMT-0400 (EDT) by IANS

    Algiers, Sep 5 (IANS) A number of military and intelligence officers of the Muammar Gaddafi regime fled to Libya’s border with Algeria, but their request for entry was turned down by Algerian authorities, Xinhua reported citing Arabic-language daily El Khabar.

    Receiving those military officers would mean that Algeria was “supporting one disputing party in Libya’s domestic conflict”, the source said.

    The convoy then headed to the south of Libya, near the border with Niger, the source added.

    *"Thaindian News started off as an online news service for Indians in Thailand. Now Thaindian News provides news and updates affecting the whole world."

    •  More on the Libyan Convoy (4+ / 0-)
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      Thanx for your post, petral!  I was just looking at AlJazeera when you put it up. Interesting that they first went to Algeria and were turned down.

      From AlJazeera, Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 02:47
      Large Libyan convoy 'arrives in Niger'

      A large convoy of Libyan armoured vehicles has crossed into Niger, according to the Reuters news agency.

      A French military source and a Niger military source told the agency that the convoy, escorted by the Nigerien military, arrived in the northern desert town of Agadez on Monday.

      The convoy contained between 200 and 250 military vehicles and included officers from Libya's southern army battalions, and likely crossed from Libya into Algeria before entering Niger, the sources said.
      ...

      Niger’s harbouring of wanted Gaddafi-regime officials is “a breach of the United Nations travel [restrictions] for most of these people”, Aly Abuzaakouk, executive director of Libya Human & Political Development Forum, told Al Jazeera.

      He said Niger should "not side with the enemy of the Libyan people".

      The head of Gaddafi's security brigades, Mansour  Dhao, along with more than 10 other Libyans, crossed into Niger on Sunday, two Niger officials said earlier on Monday.
      ...

      The French military source said he had been told the commander of Libya's southern forces, General Ali Khana, may also be in Niger, not far from the Libyan border.

      He said he had been told that Gaddafi and his son Saif would join Khana and catch up with the convoy should they choose to accept Burkina Faso's offer of exile.
      ...

      Foreign Minister Yipene Djibril Bassolet said that Gaddafi could go into exile in his country even though it is a signatory of the International Criminal Court, which has charged him with crimes against humanity.

      Gaddafi has said he is ready to fight to the death on Libyan soil, although there have been a number of reports that he might seek refuge in an African nation.

      Something is just really wrong with this picture.

      •  especially wrong since there are rumors that they (5+ / 0-)

        broke open the safes in the national bank in Sabha and made off with huge numbers of gold bars (though you wonder how much they can carry along with all the gasoline they must need).

        •  And I love how it says (5+ / 0-)
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          He's ready to fight to the death on Libyan soil.

          I'm looking at:

          @RRowleyTucson
          Robert Rowley
          ALERT: PLEASE READ & RT: Large #Gaddafi military convoy of 200/250 vehicles 'arrives in #Niger' english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/20… #Libya #Feb17
          42 minutes ago via web
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          @RRowleyTucson So all the big rats escape, leaving the ppl of Bani Walid to die for absolutely nothing! Do they even know?!
          37 minutes ago

          Looks like he means he's willing for everybody else to die on Libyan soil.

  •  Libya: some things getting back to normal (4+ / 0-)
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    Rod Nordland, NYT:  Standoff Continues Between Rebels and Qaddafi Loyalists

    Some detail on the recent restoration of water service:

    Water engineers from the rebels’ stabilization committee in Tripoli announced that delivery of water to Tripoli via the Great Man-Made River, a network of pipes that brings water 500 miles from underground aquifers in the southern desert, had resumed as of 1 a.m. Monday.

    They said that some parts of Tripoli would need work on clogged pipes before the water reached everyone.

    The water problem “has been solved,” said one engineer, Abdul Hakim Shweidy. He was among a team of nine engineers sent on what one rebel official, Alamin Belhaj, called “a secret mission,” driving to the southern desert in modest cars to avoid drawing attention in areas still under Qaddafi control.

    Access to the pumping equipment needed to get the Man-Made River flowing again lay in Shweara, a village where local tribesmen joined with rebel fighters to overthrow officials, said Mr. Belhaj, the chairman of the new government’s stabilization committee.

    Other good stuff in this article, e.g. NTC dealing with loyalist prisoners.

    I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

    by rsmpdx on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 08:56:14 PM PDT

    •  Excellent read. (4+ / 0-)
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      Access to the pumping equipment needed to get the Man-Made River flowing again lay in Shweara, a village where local tribesmen joined with rebel fighters to overthrow officials, said Mr. Belhaj, the chairman of the new government’s stabilization committee.

      That's been one of the most impressive things about this revolution:

      In city after city, town after town, the locals have joined the revolution as soon as they had the proper opportunity to do so.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 03:13:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  libya battle map updated 43 min ago. (3+ / 0-)
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    noticable additions. huzzah.

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:02:39 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Another Convoy Reaches Agadez, Niger (5+ / 0-)
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    By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES
    Tuesday, 06 September 2011
    Convoy of Libyan, Tuareg troops crosses into Niger amid chaotic Qaddafi manhunt

    A large convoy of Libyan soldiers loyal to ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi crossed the desert border into Niger and rolled into the frontier town of Agadez late Monday, a resident who is the owner of a local newspaper said, amid reports that the effort to track down Qaddafi is being led by competing factions of military commanders and bounty hunters.

    The convoy consisted of more than a dozen pickup trucks bristling with well-armed Libyan troops, said Abdoulaye Harouna, the owner of the Agadez Info newspaper, who saw them arrive, The Associated Press reported.

    At the head of the convoy, he said, was Tuareg rebel leader Rissa ag Boula, a native of Niger who led a failed war of independence on behalf of ethnic Tuareg nomads a decade ago. He then sought refuge in Libya and was believed to be fighting on behalf of Qaddafi.
    ...

    Qaddafi remains especially popular in towns like Agadez, where a majority of the population is Tuareg and where the ex-ruler is remembered for his largesse and for his assistance to the Tuareg minority during their fight for autonomy. The Sahara Desert market town is the largest city in northern Niger.
    ...

    The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that a chaotic and apparently ill-coordinated effort by Libyan protesters to track down Qaddafi was being led by competing factions of military commanders and bounty hunters, as well as Libyan commandos commissioned by civilian leaders.

  •  Libya: Bani Walid News (7+ / 0-)

    Tweets:

    @feb17voices
    Feb 17 voices
    AJA breaking: reporter: Opposition fighters say they've reached agreement w/ Bini Waleed: They will enter city today without fight. #Libya
    32 minutes ago via web

    Don't have a source link yet, just a flurry  of tweets.

    •  Al Jazeera on Bani Walid (1+ / 0-)
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      Fighters mass outside Gaddafi stronghol

      Negotiations over the surrender of Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold, Bani Walid, appear to have failed and an attack on the Libyan town seems likely.

      Two deadlines have passed and thousands of National Transitional Council fighters were on Monday massing outside the town, about 150km southeast of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

      That's all I've found so far.

      •  4Adam on AJA on Bani Walid (2+ / 0-)
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        @4Adam
        Adam
        AJA reporter near Beni walid 'the deal reached after all Gaddafi forces (Jahfel battalion) left the town, G/ sons could be with them' #Libya
        58 minutes ago via web

        Does the plot ever continue to thicken.

      •  Bani Walid and Khamis (2+ / 0-)
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        Tweets:

        @millerC4
        Jonathan Miller
        C4News team's been repeatedly told by locals around Tarhuna that Khamis al-Gaddafi was buried in Bani Walid last week - but no firm evidence
        9 hours ago via web
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        @millerC4 Spoke to someone today at MoH that is responsible for getting DNA evidence - they are working on in next few days
        9 hours ago

      •  Bani Walid and Possible Deals (5+ / 0-)
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        Tweets:

        RRowleyTucson Robert Rowley
        #Libya: #BaniWalid & #Sirte given an extra week to surrender, meanwhile massive #Gaddafi forces walking into #Niger. This smells VERY fishy!
        3 hours ago
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        @tripolitan
        طرابلسي
        @RRowleyTucson fishy indeed. I suspect iNTC is allowing Gaddafi to slip in exchange for Sirt and Benwleed.


  •  Libya: Arms from China (2+ / 0-)
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    AlJazeera English 05 Sept 2011

    China denies knowledge of Libya arms talks

    Good video with James Bays

    Chinese companies held talks with representatives of Muammar Gaddafi's forces in July over weapons sales, but behind the government's back, the Chinese foreign ministry has said.

    The ministry confirmed on Monday reports in two newspapers, the Globe and Mail and the New York Times, that documents found in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, indicated that Chinese companies offered to sell rocket launchers, anti-tank missiles and other arms totalling $200m to Gaddafi's forces, despite a UN ban on such sales.
    ...

    Commenting on the controversy, Willem van Kemenade, a China analyst, told Al Jazeera: "The Chinese denial has plausibility in the sense that the Chinese government, particularly the foreign ministry, has no control over a lot of the large influential state companies, including arms dealers.
    ...

    The arms issue comes on the heels of tensions between China and the Libyan fighters over frozen funds.

    On the weekend, the head of the NTC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, said China had obstructed the release of some of Libya's frozen assets.

    Although China agreed with other powers last week to unfreeze $15bn of Libyan assets abroad, it opposed handing control of more to the interim ruling council, according to Shamsiddin Abdulmolah, a spokesman for  the Libyan fighters.

    Jiang, the Chinese spokeswoman, said: "In principle, we don't have a problem" with unfreezing funds.

    "But out of a responsible attitude, we and some members of the Security Council want further explanation and information from the applicant countries about the uses of the funds and oversight of them".
    ...

    Although China did not use its Security Council veto power in March to block a resolution that authorised the NATO bombing campaign against Gaddafi's forces, it condemned the expanding raids and repeatedly urged compromise between his government and the rebels.

    It has also not joined Western powers in formally recognising the NTC as the legitimate authority in Libya, but has acknowledged its "important role" after Gaddafi's toppling.

  •  Libya: Database * for * Missing (3+ / 0-)
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    old news? apologies.

    Libya Outreach
    @libyaoutreach Libya Outreach
    Pls RT A great group of people are putting together a Database for Missing in #Libya قاعدة البيانات للمفقود في ليبيا mafqood.org
    23 hours ago via web

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 11:33:05 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Map of Agadez, Niger - the Tuareg city (4+ / 0-)
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    @k_thos k kim (tripoli battle mapmaker)

    Map of #AGADEZ Tuareg city in Niger. Quite a long distance to travel from #Libya re: Libyan convoy of 200 vehicles goo.gl/tz8gD
    5 hours ago via web

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. 48forEastAfrica - Donate to Oxfam

    by greenbird on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 11:58:09 PM PDT

  •  Libya: Convoy Deal? (8+ / 0-)

    Reuters Tue Sep 6, 2011, 6:12am GMT
    By Christian Lowe

    Libyan army convoy in Niger may be Gadaffi deal

    RIPOLI/AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) - Scores of Libyan army vehicles have crossed the desert frontier into Niger in what may be a dramatic, secretly negotiated bid by Muammar Gaddafi to seek refuge in a friendly African state, military sources from France and Niger told Reuters on Tuesday.

    Several hours later, Al Jazeera television reported that rebels had struck a deal with delegates from the Gaddafi holdout town of Bani Walid, 150 km (90 miles) south of Tripoli, to enter it without fighting later on Tuesday.

    The pan-Arab news channel, citing the anti-Gaddafi forces, said the fighters were expected to enter the town after the deal is formalised, which would likely be around midday.
    ...

    Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, the heir apparent before the uprising which ended his father's 42 years of personal rule two weeks ago, also was considering joining the convoy, the French source added. France played a leading role in the war against Gaddafi and such a large Libyan military convoy could hardly have moved safely without the knowledge and agreement of NATO air forces.

    Sources told Reuters that France may have brokered an arrangement between the new Libyan government and Gaddafi.
    ...

    NATO warplanes and reconnaissance aircraft have been scouring Libya's deserts for large convoys of vehicles that may be carrying the other Gaddafis, making it unlikely that it could have crossed the border without some form of deal being struck.

  •  Libya: Oil Wealth (3+ / 0-)
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    From Kipp Report
    Sept. 5, 2011
    Reuters

    Libya could match or over take Saudi Arabia in oil product if it adopts the right oil-wealth transparency, says Una Galani. And the Norway model just might be the ticket.

    The author, Una GalanI, is a Reuters Breaking Views columnist. The opinions expressed are her own

    Libya can overtake Saudi Arabia—if it adopts oil-wealth transparency

    How should Libya share its oil-wealth? If the political turmoil settles, that will be the big question facing the country’s new leaders. The country’s $150 billion reserves are twice GDP and more than enough to fund disarmament and a reconstruction bill put at $80 billion by JPMorgan. Libya could look to its Arab neighbours for ideas on how to manage the remaining surplus, but Norway provides a better model.

    Libya’s per-capita GDP, at around $11,000 in 2010, means it was already around three times richer than Iraq before its revolution began. Under a new leadership friendly to the West and keen to facilitate foreign investment, Libya is likely to aim to double its pre-revolution oil production to over 3 million barrels per day. With oil accounting for around 80 percent of the country’s GDP, Libya could eventually match or overtake Saudi Arabia on a wealth-per-capita basis.

  •  "daffi still in sabha" Gerhard Heinz (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm only quoting him because I agree with him on this.

    He also said "we have to concentrate on sabha now for the coming days."

    •  Re. Concentration~ (3+ / 0-)
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      @Jonny_Hallam
      Jonny Hallam
      All #Gaddafi hunting eyes on #Niger; right now 100s of Journos in #Libya will be saying 'How long is the drive to Niamey?' LOL
      1 hour ago via web
      •  I see yer journos, raise factions & bounty hunters (4+ / 0-)

        Washington Post with Foreign Policy
        Chaotic Gaddafi manhunt leads to Libyan desert triangle
        By Simon Denyer, Published: September 5 | Updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2:44 AM

        TRIPOLI, Libya — A chaotic and apparently ill-coordinated effort by rebels to track down Moammar Gaddafi is being led by competing factions of military commanders and bounty hunters, as well as Libyan commandos commissioned by civilian leaders.

        •  Interesting article, yet they sure got the (6+ / 0-)

          population size of Sabha wrong:

          As rebel troops close in on Bani Walid and Sirte, their commanders say they think that Gaddafi may be heading toward Sabha, a city of 500,000 people that is Libya’s third largest.

          According to Wiki, Sabha has a population of 130k people.

          That desert oasis city is not even close to being Libya's 3rd largest city.

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 03:23:44 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Libya: NIAMEY, Niger - Q-man not in convoy (3+ / 0-)
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      CBS News:  Loyalists enter Niger but no sign of Qaddafi

      It wasn't clear if Qaddafi family members were in the convoys but al-Arabiya television quoted Niger's Foreign Minister Bazoum Mohamed as saying Qaddafi himself was not present.

      Assarid Ag Imbarcaouane, an official from neighboring Mali, said the convoy was carrying Qaddafi's entourage. Imbarcaouane is second vice president of the National Assembly of Mali and is a pro-Qaddafi Tuareg leader.

      "As far as the information I have received, the Guide is not in the convoy," he said, referring to Qaddafi. "Rather, it's the people in Qaddafi's entourage."

      I sparred with Cassius Clay, as he was called then - I taught him everything he knew. - Ringo Starr

      by rsmpdx on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 08:20:58 AM PDT

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  •  AJA broadcast Bani Wali negotiations live (3+ / 0-)
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    A reportfrom AlJazeera Arabic based on the live broadcast and posted by Misrata Post.

    from the machine translation of the attached info

    misratapost Tue 06/09/2011
    Island: rebels announce their agreement today in Umm lamp with the dignitaries of the city bin Walid to enter without a fight - said the channel "Al Jazeera" TV that the rebels Libyans had reached an agreement with the elders of the city of "Bani Walid," southeast of Tripoli to enter the city without a fight on Tuesday. The Council has adopted the transitional Libyan negotiations with the elders of the city of "Bani Walid" During the past few days, and set a deadline of Saturday to storm the city if failed Libyan Tripoli Misrata Misurata Zintan Zawia Benghazi youth revolution, the rebels February 17 NATO alliance

  •  LIBYA - I fervently wish for this to be true. (8+ / 0-)

    From the AJE Liveblog:

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 08:27 GMT+3 - Libya

    Libyan opposition fighters have reached an agreement with tribal leaders in Bani Walid to enter the town peacefully.

    They have also agreed with some tribes in Sirte, the Gaddafi hometown, to lay down arms.

    http://blogs.aljazeera.net/...

    It would be so good to see this end without much more fighting.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 03:25:56 AM PDT

  •  Arab Spring: EU fear-mongering re al-Qaeda (4+ / 0-)

    Reuters via al-Masry al-Youm, Al-Qaeda could benefit from dysfunctional democracy and economy in Egypt, warns EU

    The Arab uprisings have provided an opportunity for al-Qaeda, the EU's counter-terrorism chief said Monday, underlining the need for Europe to help prevent power vacuums in countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

    Gilles de Kerchove said that overall the uprisings were positive, but not without cause for concern.

    "You have not seen anyone demonstrating in the street referring to al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda rhetoric," he told a news conference. "But of course, we all agree that it has provided a huge opportunity for al Qaeda to reenergize."
    [more]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 05:59:37 AM PDT

  •  Syria: EU working on more sanctions (5+ / 0-)

    Reuters via Al-Ahram, EU pushing new round of Syria sanctions: French Foreign Ministry

    The European Union is working on a new round of sanctions against Syria that would target economic entities, a French foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, days after the bloc imposed its last punitive measure.

    "We are working with our partners on a seventh round of sanctions that would target economic entities," the spokesman, Bernard Valero, told a news briefing.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 06:02:24 AM PDT

  •  Yemen: deadlock threatens escalation (5+ / 0-)

    AFP via Al-Ahram, Yemen deadlock threatens escalation

    Three months after the forced medical leave of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a political stalemate in Yemen threatens to degenerate into open confrontation between Saleh loyalists and opponents.

    The elite Republican Guard troops, commanded by Ahmed, the eldest son of Saleh, have reinforced their presence this week and deployed tanks and missiles on the hills overlooking Sanaa, witnesses said.

    Soldiers loyal to dissident General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, fewer and less well armed, have fortified their positions in areas they control in Sanaa, mainly around University Square, renamed Change Square by protesters camped there.
    [more]

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 06:05:42 AM PDT

  •  Libya: Tripoli Reuters Special Report (6+ / 0-)

    By Samia Nakhoul
    TRIPOLI | Tue Sep 6, 2011 10:00am EDT

    (Reuters) - Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime was delivered by a caterer, on a memory stick.

    Special report: The secret plan to take Tripoli

    Abdel Majid Mlegta ran the companies that supplied meals to Libyan government departments including the interior ministry. The job was "easy," he told Reuters last week. "I built good relations with officers. I wanted to serve my country."

    But in the first few weeks of the uprising, he secretly began to work for the rebels. He recruited sympathizers at the nerve center of the Gaddafi government, pinpointed its weak links and its command-and-control strength in Tripoli, and passed that information onto the rebel leadership on a series of flash memory cards.
    ...

    That memory card -- which Mlegta later handed to officials at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) -- provided the basis of a sophisticated plan to topple the Libyan dictator and seize Tripoli. The operation, which took months of planning, involved secretly arming rebel units inside the capital. Those units would help NATO destroy strategic targets in the city -- operation rooms, safe houses, military barracks, police stations, armored cars, radars and telephone centers. At an agreed time, the units would then rise up as rebels attacked from all sides.

    The rebels called the plan Operation Dawn Mermaid. This is the inside story -- much of it never before told -- of how that plan unfolded.

  •  Planning and coordination leading to 20 August (4+ / 0-)

    A really long report on the top level planning for Operation Mermaid Dawn

    Reuters
    Special report: The secret plan to take Tripoli
    By Samia Nakhoul
    TRIPOLI | Tue Sep 6, 2011 10:00am EDT

    A few tidbits:

    Rebel commander Alhasi insists western special forces were not involved in combat; ... "We didn't choose it, the circumstances and the operations led us to this date," Alhasi told Reuters when asked why the uprising in Tripoli began then. "There was a public plan in Tripoli that they would rise up on that day, by calling from the mosques. It was not a military plan, not an official plan, it was a people's plan. The people inside Tripoli, they did this in coordination with us."
    . . .
    One rebel source said Gaddafi had made a fatal error by sending his important brigades and military leaders, including his son Mu'atassem, to secure the oil town of Brega.
    . . .
    U.S. and European officials now say they believe Saif was never in custody. NTC chief Mahmoud Jibril attributes the fiasco to conflicting reports within the rebel forces. But, he says, the bumbling turned into a bonanza: "The news of his arrest gave us political gains. Some countries recognized us, some brigades surrendered ... and more than 30 officers defected."

  •  Libya: Re Convoys to Niger (3+ / 0-)
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    Via AlJazeera Liveblog:
    Niger Gives Asylum to Abdullah Mansoor

    Niger's minister of internal affairs, Abdou Labo, denied that a convoy of two hundred vehicles from Libya had entered his country.

    However, he confirmed that Niger has given asylum to Gaddafi's internal security chief Abdullah Mansoor.

    Speaking to the media in the captial city of Niamey, Mr Labo said the refuge granted to Mr Mansoor and his family was based on humanitarian reasons.


    US Urges Niger to detain Gaddafi Officials
    The US government has urged Niger to detain senior officials from the Gaddafi government who it believes crossed into the country in a convoy from Libya, Reuters reported. ...
  •  Libya: Bani Walid (3+ / 0-)
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    Tweets from Ben Wedeman, CNN

    Read bottom to top:

    bencnn benwedeman
    Photo: dinner (spaghetti con sugo di pomodoro piccante) at Bani Walid. Standoff for dessert. #Libya yfrog.com/nyva2mj
    1 hour ago Unfavorite Retweet Reply

    bencnn benwedeman
    Photo: Opposition fighters on the road to Bani Walid. One told me "we may go in with guns blazing." #Libya yfrog.com/h7h04jraj
    3 hours ago

    bencnn benwedeman
    Press has only been able to see a tiny percentage of damning documents about who was holding Qadhafi's hand. Whole truth may never come out
    5 hours ago

    bencnn benwedeman
    Re who did dirty deals with Qadhafi, NTC source tells me there were many, including so-called "friends of the west". #Libya.
    5 hours ago

    bencnn benwedeman
    Chief NTC negotiatior Abdallah Kenshil says there are "several big fish" from Qadhafi regime in Bani Walid. #Libya #Feb17
    5 hours ago

  •  Libya: Sirte (5+ / 0-)
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    Tweets from Neal Mann, Sky News

    Read bottom to top:

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Picture of a rebel soldier being treated at a field hospital after being wounded in an ambush by pro-Gaddafi troops http://www.facebook.com/...
    4 hours ago Unfavorite Retweet Reply

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Ambulances still bringing wounded back from the front #Libya
    4 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    This is the heaviest fighting that we have seen in the past two weeks in east #Libya, shelling is still continuing.
    4 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Unit of rebels has just been ambushed during fighting, one dead & at least 6 wounded brought in to field hospital just back from front line
    4 hours ago
    »

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Picture of some cracking Libyan rebel fashion facebook.com/photo.php?fbid… #Libya
    5 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Picture of rebel soldiers waiting in Nawfaliyah to head to the front line facebook.com/photo.php?fbid… #Libya
    5 hours ago via web

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    two rebels were wounded & brought to an ambulance near our position after engaging a pro-Gaddafi fighter in a village 1km away,he was killed
    5 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    The only casualty I have seen so far has been what the rebels say was a pro-Gaddafi soldier who had been shot through both legs #Libya
    5 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    The artillery fire was accurate and on to rebel tank positions, pro-Gaddafi forces highly likely to have had eyes on it. #Libya
    5 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Yesterday afternoon we were at the same village and about 10 minutes after we left it was shelled by pro-Gaddafi forces.
    5 hours ago

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    Heavy battle ongoing, it started this morning at village around 80km from Sirte, rebels coming under sustained artillery bombardment #Libya
    5 hours ago
    »

    fieldproducer Neal Mann
    @
    @KirstieMAllsopp yep, we're pretty hot and dusty but otherwise all good.
    5 hours ago

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    Tweet from Andrew Simmons, AlJazeera

    @simmjazeera
    andrew simmons
    From sue turton north of BW: 5 reps that came to negotiate went back and were fired upon. Now retreated and given shelter.
    14 minutes ago via Twitter for iPad

  •  The Road between Niger and Algeria (4+ / 0-)
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    I hope this isn't too off topic, but Mike Barton posted his pix of what the terrain looks like between Libya, Algeria, and Niger, since it's in the Libya news realm:

    @dairyflat
    Mike Barton
    The road from #Libya to #Niger picasaweb.google.com/algeriamike/Ni…
    13 hours ago via Dabr

    Live Link:
    Niger-Algeria 2002

    Really stunning photography.

  •  Libya: Bani Walid (4+ / 0-)
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    Al Jazeera Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 20:04 GMT+3:
    More Failed Negotiations

    Al Jazeera's Sue Turton, reporting from north of Bani Walid, said the negotiations to reach a peaceful resolution in Bani Walid have failed as the representatives, upon their return to deliver the message, were fired upon.

    "The five Bani Walid representatives went back with the assurances from NTC, but as they approached the city, they were fired upon. They quickly came back to the rebel territory to take shelter for the night. We have talked to commanders and people here. They believe two of Gaddafi sons are still in the city, thats why no negotations work here"

  •  New diary (3+ / 0-)
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    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 03:21:24 PM PDT

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