Tag Archives: Libya

War and video: Some thoughts on the flood of graphic “conflict clips” online

(Bullet holes are seen on the windshield of a car used by insurgents after an attack at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. Ahmad Masood / Reuters) The Guardian invited me to write a quick opinion piece on the explosion of new sources of graphic online conflict videos, and what that sudden availability of explicit, violent material… Read More »

Libya: Woman struggles to tell foreign journalists of kidnapping, rape by Qaddafi militia

“A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli Saturday morning and fought off security forces as she told journalists that she had been raped and beaten by members of the Qaddafi militia. After nearly an hour, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming.” (New York Times) Her name is… Read More »

Where are the UN resolutions to protect civilians in Bahrain?

Slate’s Tom Scocca reminds us that the west’s willingness to rescue pro-democracy protesters from brutal, murderous middle-eastern despots is highly selective. If you’re rebelling against a dictator who’s been a thorn in America’s side, you get airstrikes and UN resolutions; if you’re rebelling against tyrants who are forthcoming with their oil or ports, you’re lucky… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sends counterrevolutionary goons to Bahrain

Saudi Arabia will split its security forces, lately much occupied with suppressing protest at home, and will send them to Bahrain to help put down the popular uprising there. Witnesses said security forces surrounded the protesters’ tent compound, shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the activists in the largest effort to clear the square… Read More »

Al Jazeera cameraman killed in Libya, in government ambush of news crew

Al Jazeera has announced that one of its cameramen, Ali Hassan Al Jaber, was killed after a reporting team for the Arabic-language channel was ambushed by government forces near the town of Benghazi. The news sparked an outpouring of emotion and support for the network and the slain cameraman. Wadah Khanfar, the director general of… Read More »

Libyan forces turn on Gadaffhi, declare “Free Benghazi,” capture foreign mercenaries

Soldiers and police in Beghazi, Libya’s second city, have thrown in with protesters on the ground and declared the city to be “Free Benghazi.” The Guardian is carrying eyewitness reports of more than 4,000 foreign mercenaries being brought to the country to fight for Gadaffhi, some of whom are in custody of the revolutionary army.… Read More »

Free dial-up ISP for Libyans

XS4ALL, a fantastic, hacker-friendly ISP in the Netherlands, has thrown open all its modem lines for free use by people in Libya when and if their network access gets blocked by the government. DPCosta sez, “It’s expensive (international call), but can be very handy in an emergency. The number is +31205350535 and the username/password are… Read More »

Realtime analysis of Libya tweets

Trendsmap’s Libya page is a real-time dashboard for all the media emerging from the Libyan uprising, with handy charts showing which subtopics are rising and falling (e.g., Venezuela’s down, Tripoli is peaking). Libya Trends – Trendsmap (Thanks, Bufferout, via Submitterator!)   Operation "Libya White Fax" – Boing Boing Libya's UN mission asks world to defend… Read More »

Glued to events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain

Events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain are moving fast, but the Guardian’s moment-to-moment coverage has me glued to my screen today: View Mapping Pro-Democracy Protests in Libya in a larger map • Libya: Security forces in Benghazi have shot dead at least one person and injured a dozen after opening fire on mourners at a… Read More »