The Longest Dictatorship in the World is Brought Down to its Knees
“This development, with the capital creating its own nationalist mythos of revolutionary participation, is the very best thing that could have happened. Instead of being liberated (and somewhat subjected) from the outside by Berber or Cyrenaican revolutionaries, Tripoli enters the Second Republic with its own uprising to its name, as a full equal able to gain seats on the Transitional National Council once the Qaddafis and their henchmen are out of the way. There will be no East/West divide. My hopes for a government of national unity as the last phase of the revolution before parliamentary elections now seem more plausible than ever. Tellingly, Tunisia and Egypt both recognized the TNC as Libya’s legitimate government through the night, as the Tripoli uprising unfolded. Regional powers can see the new Libya being born.”
This documentary is a must-see. Watch at least the first 4 minutes that explain you how the protests in Libya started, then it goes on to let Libyan exiles tell the story of how the regime used terror, cruelty and torture as a tool to maintain its power. This documentary by Aljazeera gives anyone a real understanding why the things are happening in Libya right now. It is deeply moving.
Help spread the information on the events happening in Libya!
This is a really good documentary, it actually shows you what life was like in Libya…this why Libyans want a better life. Gadaffi didn’t just start killing people, he’s been oppressing and killing people for 42 years!
THE UNDERGROUND PRISON FOUND IN BENGHAZI.
They have only found dead corpses so far, but claim that they can hear screams…so they are digging even further.
A 60-year old French doctor working in Benghazi estimated the death toll to be over 2000. He says that out ambulances counted 75 bodies the first day, 200 on the second and more than 500 on the third day.
“From Tobruk to Darna, they carried out a real massacre… In total, I think there are more than 2,000 deaths,” he said.
Here is a news roundup for Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and other countries for Tuesday, February 22. Also check out NewsFlick’s Middle East Situation Update: 22nd Feb
- Live Blog - Bahrain | AJE
- Live Blog - Libya | AJE
- Live Blog - Libya | LibyaFeb17.com
- Live Blog - Middle East protests | CNN
- Live Blog - Libya | Telegraph
- Live Blog - Libya | Guardian
- EAWorldview Live Blog
- Mapping Pro-Democracy Protests in Libya | Google Maps
- Blogs of War: Algeria, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen (realtime results from Twitter + AJE live stream)
- Twitter network of protests | Guardian (h/t thepoliticalnotebook)
Gaddafi’s speech (VIDEO):
- Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5. (uploaded by TelLieVision1; a portion is missing, but total time of these videos runs 52 minutes)
Analysis of Gaddafi’s speech:
- BBC (VIDEO)
- Christian Science Monitor
- Associated Press
- And a lingering question from the TPM Editor’s Blog
- This is Gaddafi’s famous ‘Green Book’, which he brandished during his speech (h/t garik)
- Qaddafi’s Grip on the Capital Tightens as Revolt Grows | NY Times
- Has Gaddafi unleashed a mercenary force on Libya? | Guardian
- As Libya burns, both Qaddafi and Protesters Dig In | The Atlantic
- Gaddafi’s Next Move: Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos? TIME
- Will Moammar Gadhafi Step Aside? Libya’s Leader Appears Defiant | ABC News
- Peter Goodspeed: Libyan celebrity despot has a taste for bloodshed | National Post
- INFOGRAPHIC: Uprising in Libya | National Post
- Libyan cargo ports close due to violence: sources | Reuters
- Italian oil giant ENI suspends gas shipments from Libya | Washington Post
- Libya: Why the oil market is nervous | CNN Money
- Wikileaks on Gadhafi: Very Strange, Very Wily | ABC News
- Drumbeat for Sanctions on Libya Begins | Corruption Currents, WSJ
- Meet The Amazonian Guard – Gaddafi’s All-Female Security Force | Mediaite
- Gaddafi, Gadhafi, Qaddafi? Will the real Kadhafi spelling please stand up? | Washington Post
- Operation “Libya White Fax” | BoingBoing
- VIDEO: Gaddafi remains defiant | AJE
- AUDIO: After Day of Bloody Protest, Gadhafi Firm on Staying | PRI’s The Takeaway
What Officials Say - Libya:
- Libyan Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younes al Abidi announces defection, supports “February 17 revolution” | JPost
- UN Security Council holds an emergency meeting on the events in Libya, condemns violence against civilians in Libya | CNN
- Sec. of State Hillary Clinton addresses the events in Libya and Bahrain
- Press briefing with State Dept. spokesman Crowley on violence in Libya
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron: History is sweeping through Middle East | BBC
- French President Nicholas Sarkozy condemns the ‘unacceptable use of force against Libyans’ | Reuters AlertNet
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel responds to Gaddafi’s speech: ‘very, very frightening’ | Reuters
- Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Jabr Al-Thani: “We don’t accept using force in this way or any way against the people or against any nation from their governments” | IslamWeb
- Fidel Castro says US plans NATO invasion of Libya | AP
- Arab League suspends Libya from its sessions | Al-Jazeera/Haaretz
- Bahrain king releases political prisoners | Telegraph
- Protests continue in Bahrain as Shiite leader calls for end of monarchy | Washington Post
- Bahrainis protest peacefully in capital | Washington Post
- Dim View of US Posture Toward Bahraini Shiites is Described | NY Times
- AUDIO: Will Bahrain’s Royal Family Outlast Protests? | NPR
- VIDEO: Thousands protest in Bahrain | CNN
- PHOTO: ‘Leading to #Lulu’ - @RedhaHaji
- Thousands of Protesters Take to Streets in Hadramout | Yemen Post
- Yemen President Saleh: People ‘the Only Guarantor’ on Reforms, Foreign Guarantees Unacceptable | Yemen Post
- Yemen protesters clash | Telegraph
- Yemen Ministry Says Iranian Vessel Seized for Entering Waters | Bloomberg
- Yemeni army arrests Al-Qaeda leader | AP
- Among the Thugs of Yemen | The Atlantic
Algeria, China, Iran, Iraq, Morocco:
- Algeria lifts 1992 emergency decree, state news agency says | CNN (h/t newsflick)
- Protest strikes Algeria | AFP
- China may lock-down on social networking sites to avoid revolution | LA Times
- China launches new state-run search engine | CNET
- Iranian warships travel through Suez Canal | Telegraph
- It’s Iran, not Israel, stupid! | JPost
- Ahead of ‘Day of Rage,’ Iraqis Have Mixed Demands | NY Times
- Morocco’s Moderate Revolution | Foreign Policy
- Protests in Morocco: Just Don’t Call It a Revolution | TIME
Other good reads:
- Check out Front Pages daily to see how newspapers around the world are (and aren’t) covering protests across the Middle East and North Africa.
- INFOGRAPHIC: Political Unrest in North Africa and Middle East | NY Times
- David Cameron: West was wrong to back dictators | Telegraph
- Europe’s Arab Youth Question Prospects for Revolution in Ancestral Homelands | TIME
- George Sonas: Writing on the wall for Gaddafi | National Post
- It is not wrong to sell arms, says David Cameron as he defends sale of weapons to Middle East | Telegraph
- Egypt Requests Freeze On Mubarak’s Assets | Corruption Currents, WSJ
- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s 429-page PhD thesis for the London School of Economics, entitled “The Role of Civil Society in The Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From ‘Soft Power’ to Collective Decision-Making?” (h/t thepoliticalnotebook)
A young protester with the flag of the Kingdom of Libya painted on her face takes part in a protest outside the Libyan Embassy in Attard, outside Valletta, February 22, 2011. The protest was organised by the Libyan community living in Malta to rally against the Libyan government’s crackdown on demonstrators. REUTERS PICTURES
“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” - John F. Kennedy
tweet of hope from Iran: “# homosexuals will not die, woman will not be stone to death, we will be friends with world.” viva revolution!
There’s a massacre going on in Libya right now. They’re tricking, then shooting protesters and raping women. Pray for them.
Today a 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Lives have been lost and the damage is extensive.
5080 killings in Ciudad Juarez - Mexico, over 3 days
Bahrain’s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters (thanks to juansie.tumblr for informing)
Egypt and Tunisia have both set up field hospitals on their Libyan borders
Dutch ISP provider XS4ALL has set up an internet dial-up service for Libya:
Use your modem to dial +31205350535
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They just left them cut off.
They are trying to silence Libya’s message.
This is why we need to spread awareness. They are trying to stop their voice. We have to be their voice right now.
THE PLIGHT OF THE LIBYANS IS BEING SILENCED BY THEIR OPPRESSORS. WE MUST BE THEIR VOICE! Know the truth, spread the story.