SOLIDARITY (updated 3/7)
Monday, March 7 update from the NewYork Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/world/africa/08libya.html?hp
Monday, March 7 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/07/libya-uprising-live-updates
U.S. Senators call for Libyan No-Fly Zone: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/world/middleeast/07nofly.html?hp
Sunday, March 5 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/06/arab-and-middle-east-protests-libya
Sunday, March 6 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/world/africa/07libya.html?hp
(below) Photos from Ras Lanuf from the New York Times, March 6:
(above) The explosion of an ammunition depot killed and injured many. Photo by Ed Ou.
Funerals continue for soldiers and civilians killed in the fighting. Photo by Ed Ou.
Rebel fighters celebrate their victory over pro-Qaddafi forces. Photo by Lynsey Addario.
Saturday, March 5 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/world/africa/06libya.html?_r=1&hp
(Click on map below, from Saturday’s New York Times, to see it at a larger, more readable size.)
Friday, March 4: Anti-Qaddafi protesters in Tripoli, armed only with stones, faced pro-Qaddafi troops who responded with tear gas and bullets:
Friday, March 4 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/world/africa/05libya.html?hp
Friday, March 4 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/04/libya-protests-gaddafi-tripoli
Friday, March 4 latest update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/world/africa/05libya.html?hp
(above) A rebel soldier during the battle for control of Brega yesterday (3/2). The rebels managed to drive back an assault by Qaddafi’s forces, including mercenaries and Libyan warplanes.
The meaning of the revolt in Libya, as well as in Egypt and Tunisia, lies in the fact that it is a rebellion by people against tyrants they have endured for more than forty years. If the United States or other Western powers intervene militarily on the side of the rebels, that meaning will be diminished, or even destroyed. Tempting though such intervention is, the rebel forces appear to be holding their own against Qaddafi’s forces. The best thing that can happen would be that the rebels defeat these forces and drive the tyrant from power—all on their own. If that doesn’t happen, then the United States and other countries (preferably Arab countries already liberated) should use their military power to stop the bloodshed . But it’s too early in Libya’s struggle for that to happen.
Thursday, 3/3 updates from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/world/africa/04libya.html?hp
Thursday, 3/3 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/africa/03military.html?ref=world
Thursday, 3/3 opion piece by Nicholas D. Kristof: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/opinion/03kristof.html?hp
As we sit here, reading this, a desperate and historic revolt is taking place in Libya. This oil-rich country in North Africa, geographically bracketed by Tunisia and Egypt, has been ruled for forty years by a strutting despot, Col. Muhamar el-Qaddafi. The rebels, inspired, no doubt, by the overthrow of dictators on either side–Ben-Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt—have decided enough is enough. Qaddafi is different, however, from his authoritarian cohorts—he has unleashed his army, air force, and ‘security forces,’ slaughtering unarmed protesters by the hundreds. The opposition forces are beginning to fight back. Seizing weapons caches with the help of defecting army personnel, they are in a violent struggle for their freedom from despotic rule. The outcome is far from certain at this date.
How can our thoughts and hopes not go out to these courageous people? How can we not but bow our heads in shame for our governments’ toleration, even support, of the murderous tyrant they are fighting?
Wednesday, March 2 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/mar/02/libya-uprising-gaddafi-live
Wednesday, March 2 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/world/africa/03libya.html?hp
Tuesday, March 1 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/world/africa/02tribes.html?hp
Monday, 2/28 Quadaffi forces counterattack: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/africa/01unrest.html?hp
Monday, 2/28 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/africa/01unrest.html?_r=1&hp
I, for one, hope the above commitment will be fulfilled, and not too late to prevent more bloodshed. It would be heartening if the U.S. government acted on the side of the people for once, and not the autocrat. We shall see….
Sunday, 2/27 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/world/africa/28unrest.html?hp
Sunday, 2’27 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/feb/27/arab-and-middle-east-protests-libya
Saturday, 2/26 update from the Manchester Guardian (UK): http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/feb/26/libya-protests-middle-east-gaddafi
Friday, 2/25 update from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/world/africa/26libya.html?hp
Thursday, 2/24, the latest report on the situation from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/africa/24libya.html?hp
Opinion piece by Nicholas D. Kristof: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/opinion/24kristof.html?ref=opinion
Update by the Manchester Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/24/obama-gaddafi-libya-violence-speech (NOT reported in the New York Times.)
The Libyan regime has all but closed down connection with the outside world. Still, a few photographs have leaked through. The ones below are a few of the best we have at the moment. Nearly all are taken in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, which is firmly under rebel control:
(below) At noon prayers on Friday, as an imam gives a sermon encouraging the overthrow of Qaddafi:
A funeral for a slain protester that begins in the streets and ends at a cemetery:
Soldiers who have joined the rebels are preparing to join the battle in Tripoli:
A poster of Qaddafi in the Benghazi courthouse, where rebels have formed an interim government made up of committees to run the city and coordinate with the rebellion in other Libyan cities:
Rebels and protesters, via cellphone:
A rebel youth in a captured military uniform:
Protesters holding pictures of those killed by the army:
The police station in Tobruk, destroyed by rebels:
Besides the sophistcated force of the military, many of whom have defected in refusal to fire on their own people, Col. Qaddafi has supportors among the people of Libya:
Rebels atop a public building in Tobruk:
The latest news from the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/africa/24libya.html?_r=1&hp
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