“The enmity between the American government and the peoples of the world is an old case. Why is the United States always trying to use force to implement its agendas?”
— Libyan militia leader Abu Khattala says on the anti-Western sentiment, specifically directed to the United States, across the world
9:07 pm • 3 January 2014 • 36 notes
“As world attention focused on the coup in Egypt and the poison gas attack in Syria over the past two months, Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi two years ago. Government authority is disintegrating in all parts of the country putting in doubt claims by American, British and French politicians that NATO’s military action in Libya in 2011 was an outstanding example of a successful foreign military intervention which should be repeated in Syria.”
— Writer Patrick Cockburn gets to the point on Libya after 2011. Read it.
9:07 pm • 12 September 2013
These are images shot by photographer Chris Hondros, who worked for Getty until he was killed in an April 2011 mortar attack while covering the war in Libya. Now Greg Campbell, auther of “Blood Diamonds,” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a film about Hondros’ life. The man in the first photo, Joseph Duo, was a Liberian soldier who became friends after Hondros shot the image of Duo jumping for joy after firing an RPG at rebel forces fighting against then-Liberian President Charles Taylor.
4:50 pm • 12 July 2013 • 14 notes
In Libya: “The people demand the fall of the (new) regime.”
Sound familiar? Egypt? At this rate, every nation in the Arab Spring will have experienced a second revolution. Tunisia has had one, Egypt is undergoing on and Libya is threatening it.
9:36 am • 5 February 2013 • 1 note
Two years on, Benghazi threatens "another revolution" in Libya
Something to watch.
The Arab Spring started in Tunisia, they even had unemployment protests and clashes just this past fall. Another example is Egypt with their ongoing revolution that seems to never end. Libya is another state that has had the Arab Spring present - and here is their possible comeback.
1:27 pm • 1 February 2013
“Two American reporters, Bradley Hope and Kristen Chick, had just arrived. ‘We were way, way out there,’ Hope says. ‘And then we saw this college kid with a shotgun and a Lakers jersey. It was mind-boggling.’ Jeon explained that he was on summer vacation and ‘thought it would be cool to join the rebels.’ He added that his parents didn’t know he was in Libya and pleaded with the reporters not to mention him, but both wrote articles about the encounter (‘At first glance, Mr. Jeon looked like someone who took a wrong turn on their way to the beach or the Santa Monica Pier,’ wrote Hope in a Dubai paper, The National). […] An Al Jazeera news crew spotted Jeon at the refinery where he was staying with his katiba. A network correspondent took out her satellite phone and handed it to Jeon. Within a minute, his parents were on the line. ‘You have to come home, Chris,’ his dad shouted. ‘You don’t know what you’re doing.’ ‘I know exactly what I’m doing,’ Jeon snapped. His mother got on the phone. She was crying. She sounded terrible. She begged him to come home. Jeon told her he’d think about it. He hung up and rejoined his brigade. A couple of days later, the katiba drove into the desert and fired cannons at loyalist positions. Jeon helped load the ammunition. ‘My lips were cracked and bleeding, I hadn’t brushed my teeth in days, and my face was peeling, but it didn’t matter,’ Jeon says. ‘I was totally happy – happier than I’d ever been.’”
— Joshua Davis of Men’s Journal wrote on Chris Jeon, a 21-year-old UCLA math major, who fled his self-described monotone life in California and joined rebels in Libya.
10:12 pm • 29 September 2012 • 1 note
Nick Kristof: "Are extremists hijacking the Arab Spring? They’re trying to, but this is just the opening chapter in a long drama. Some Eastern European countries, like Romania and Hungary, are still wobbly more than two decades after their democratic revolutions. Maybe the closest parallel to the Arab Spring is the 1998 revolution in Indonesia, where it took years for Islamic extremism to subside. My bet is that we’ll see more turbulence in the Arab world, but that countries like Egypt and Tunisia and Libya won’t fall over a cliff. A revolution isn’t an event, but a process."
I think a few things are going on. The first is that many Muslim countries lack a tradition of free speech, and see ridicule of the prophet as part of a larger narrative of the West’s invading or humiliating the Islamic world. People in these countries sometimes also have an addled view of how the United States handles blasphemy.
More broadly, this is less about offensive videos than about a political war unfolding in the Muslim world. Extremist Muslims like Salafis see themselves as unfairly marginalized, and they hope to exploit this issue to embarrass their governments and win public support. This is a political struggle, not just a religious battle
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8:00 am • 23 September 2012 • 1 note
Readout of the President’s Call with Libyan President Magariaf
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 13, 2012
President Obama called President Mohamed Magariaf of Libya this evening, their first conversation since President Magariaf’s election last month. President Obama thanked President Magariaf for extending his condolences for the tragic deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, and two other State Department officers in Benghazi yesterday. He also expressed appreciation for the cooperation we have received from the Libyan government and people in responding to this outrageous attack, and said that the Libyan government must continue to work with us to assure the security of our personnel going forward. The President made it clear that we must work together to do whatever is necessary to identify the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice. The two Presidents agreed to work closely over the course of this investigation. The President reaffirmed our support for Libya’s democratic transition, a cause Ambassador Stevens believed in deeply and did so much to advance. He welcomed the election of a new prime minister yesterday to help lead the Libyan government’s efforts to improve security, counter extremism, and advance its democracy.
12:23 pm • 13 September 2012 • 11 notes