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Monthly Archives: February 2012
In the midst of war, it was hard to come by to find something to smile about, but this man in Benghazi made us all smile and filled us all with joy with is “Freedom Tea” song, which he remade mocking an Gaddafi song. Cheers!… Read More
This video is from Benghazi on February 22, 2011. Gaddafi’s mercenaries raided the streets of Benghazi, entering homes, looking to kill anyone in sight. The brave women shooting the video shouts, “they are going to burn us” repeatedly. No matter how many times we watch this video, the horrifying nightmare still feels so real… Read More
By: Fatima Shwehdi
For some people this revolution meant hope for Libya, a new beginning, an end to all the pain and suffering that they have endured for four decades. For some it meant getting justice or avenging a loved one’s death.
Now in a post-revolution Libya, there is hope for all of Libya.
As one Libyan tweep said ‘In #feb17, I saw hope on the horizon for the first time in my life‘Another tweep said ‘It means freedom. feeling safe, confident and secure in our country, to have a voice and to let it be heard‘
No longer will one city be ignored by the government. All men and women will be able to voice their opinions and suggestions in an open forum. The people of Libya will live in a free country with basic human rights. The youth will receive a good education and have hope for a bright future in their country. There is hope for Libya no matter what may happen.… Read More
One of the greatest moments from the Libyan revolution came on February 17, 2011 in Tobruq, Libya where the youth tore down Gaddafi’s Green Book statute in symbolic act of defiance. Ironically, the “Green Book”, written by Muammer Gadaffi, rejected modern liberal democracy, the exact form of change the people of Libya are protesting for and demanding. This symbolic act foreshadowed the change that was to come in Libya and… Read More
When Abdullah Senussi ordered the arrest of lawyer Fethi Tarbel on February 15 last year, Libya’s then intelligence chief did not realise he was effectively signing the death warrant of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
Tarbel, a human rights activist and former political prisoner, was the co-ordinator of one of the few independent organisations in Libya – a group of families of victims of the Abu Salim prison massacre, where more than 1 200 political prisoners were killed by security forces in 1996.
Today Tarbel, 39, is the new Libya’s youth and sports minister.
Casually dressed in a jacket and sneakers, he remembers that Tuesday a year ago when about two dozen men arrested him and drove him off to meet Senussi, who headed the repressive arm of the Gaddafi regime.
Libyan internet users had by then already fixed February 17 as their “Day of Anger” in the wake of Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings across the borders.… Read More
By Grant Smith
OPEC will raise shipments by 0.7 percent this month as Libya continues to restore production that was halted during last year’s uprising, according to tanker- tracker Oil Movements.
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will export 23.38 million barrels a day in the four weeks to March 3, up from the 23.21 million barrels in the period to Feb. 4, the Halifax, England-based researcher said today in an e-mailed report. The figures exclude Angola and Ecuador.
“It’s coming from Libya partly, and partly from the Gulf,” said Roy Mason, Oil Movements’ founder, who estimates the North African nation has restored about two-thirds of its capacity. “But the peak in winter demand has passed, and so the decline in shipments should happen soon. If it doesn’t, there’s something truly remarkable happening with demand.”… Read More
A documentary done by Al Arabiya.
By Nigel Duara
A Libyan-American who says he was forbidden from returning to the United States and questioned by FBI agents in Tunisia after visiting neighboring Libya insists he has done nothing wrong.
“I do intend to protect my rights. I do intend to clear my name,” 55-year-old Jamal Tarhuni said after arriving at Portland International Airport Tuesday morning from Amsterdam.
Tarhuni belongs to a Portland mosque that has been under scrutiny by federal investigators in years past.
He traveled to Libya last fall to help deliver humanitarian supplies. Tarhuni said he was barred without explanation from flying home on a flight from Tunis, Tunisia, on Jan. 17 and that he was told he should report to the U.S. Consulate.
Tarhuni said when he went to the consulate he was told he was on a no-fly list and was questioned by two FBI agents about his religious beliefs, whether he believes in Sharia law and about his mosque.… Read More