A documentary done by Al Arabiya.
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. Continue reading
By Borzou Daragahi
Don’t worry,” Abdul Latif Elyazghi assured his youngest boy. “There will be Nintendo and Wii in heaven.”
The oil engineer and two of his sons, aged 11 and 18, had been stopped at a checkpoint by Muammer Gaddafi’s men in late August, the final days of the regime’s rule in the Libyan capital Tripoli. They were tossed into a prison cell. Every few minutes came gunfire. Bodies were piled up along the side of the room. The three were sure they would be killed soon.
But a miracle happened. One of the guards ushered them to a side door. “Run!” he commanded.
It took Mr Elyazghi days to begin to tell the harrowing story to friends, including those who had taken part in the uprising against Gaddafi and were now at the head of various neighbourhood councils and militia groups.
But it was their response that shocked him most. “They told me I should say to the authorities that I was captured on March 20 instead of August 20,” he recalls with disgust. “That way I would get a nice big payment from the transitional government.”
Gaddafi and his family may be gone. But the culture of corruption and abuse they engendered remains, threatening Libya’s future economic growth and political stability. Not only do many steal; some even engage in torture, which Amnesty International describes as widespread, in the very name of the revolution that started a year ago. Transitional authorities estimate that at least $2bn has been pilfered by people falsely claiming they were wounded, fought in the uprising or paid for weapons out of their own pocket.
“If corruption was 100 per cent then, it’s now 110 per cent,” says Abdul Hamid el-Jadi, a Libyan-Swiss banker and anti-corruption crusader. “The family was arrested and killed but the opportunists are still there.” Continue reading
This video was taken at the first protests in Benghazi, in front of the Kateeba.
This video shows security forces breaking up protestors. At 4:27, you can see security forces running back towards their vehicles, and hear what sounds like angry protestors
This video shows the Amazigh of Yefren protesting. The are chanting “To Hell with Gaddafi and his followers, The people (of Libya) no longer want him” and “No to killing, No to terrorism, No to oppression, No to corruption”
This is a call from a Libyan lady to all Libyan mothers and wives, to encourage their men to stand up for their rights to stand up against oppression and the tyrant Gaddafi. It was posted on February 15, 2011.