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inothernews:

IRAQ’S DAY OF RAGE   Iraqi demonstrators marched in central Baghdad on Friday, decrying joblessness, corruption and the lack of basic public services.  At least three protesters were killed a dozens more wounded as security forces fired upon groups of demonstrators in cities across the country.  (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani / Reuters via the New York Times)

Reports: Moammar Gadhafi will blow up oil fields before relinquishing power

theweekmagazine:

An unnamed source with connections to Libya’s strongman says Gadhafi knows he can’t retake the country with the 5,000 troops that are still loyal to him. So, to make his point and punish disloyal Libyans, he’s apparently ordered those soldiers to torch Libya’s oil fields and blow up pipelines to Mediterranean ports.

More here.

yahoonews:

Protesters carrying a pre-1969 Libyan flag  and hold up a banner during a demonstration against Libyan President  Moammar Gadhafi outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
(Photo courtesy of: AP Photo/Sang Tan)

yahoonews:

Protesters carrying a pre-1969 Libyan flag and hold up a banner during a demonstration against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi outside Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

(Photo courtesy of: AP Photo/Sang Tan)

About Those 'African Mercenaries', An Open Letter to Al Jazeera From Africa

dancingonembers:

This isn’t just an Arab story, its an African story and it’s a World story too. It must be told as such, with its multi-layered, complex, tragic and heartwarming narratives including the all too-often forgotten voices of poor migrants and refugees of all hues, tongues, nationalities and faiths.

highly recommend reading this letter in full, and circulating it on twitter.

Red Light Politics: We are not all Libyan

redlightpolitics:

I see this cutesy thing (no doubt with good intentions) claiming that “today we are all Libyan”.

Not only we are not all Libyan but we all hold a degree of responsibility in the oppression of Libyan people. If you live anywhere in the Western world (as I do), you have certainly benefited from…

Dear right wing blogosphere and also Bill Maher: You can’t generalize about women’s position in Muslim countries based on a reprehensible mob attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan. Generalizing about a whole group of people based on a single incident is called “bigotry.” It is also a logical fallacy (for wingnuts challenged by six syllables in a row, that means, ‘when your brain doesn’t work right’) known as the ‘Hasty Generalization.’ Nobody seems to note that allegedly helpless Egyptian women were the ones who saved Logan, or that Anderson Cooper was also attacked.

Some other examples of reporters or celebrities being assaulted by crowds are here and here. Wingnuts, and also Bill Maher, who do not immediately make generalizations on these bases about large groups of Westerners are wusses.

Note to Muslim-hater Bill Maher, who should know better: It is not true that women cannot vote in 20 Muslim countries, and please stop generalizing about 1.5 billion Muslims based on the 22 million people in Wahhabi Saudi Arabia, the only place where women cannot drive and where men can vote (in municipal elections) but women cannot. It would be like generalizing from the Amish in Pennsylvania to all people of Christian heritage and wondering what is with Christianity and its fascination with horses and buggies.

Top Five Myths about the Middle East Protests (via caraobrien)

I watched this episode and was wildly uncomfortable and disgusted by that sheer bigotry. And on top of a gross generalization about Muslim men, he kept demanding white dudebro snaps for how well all white guys treat women! I couldn’t make this shit up!
Luckily, Tavis Smiley was there to lay down the law. I love him.

(via stfusexists)

FIRST HAND ACCOUNT FROM A LIBYAN IN BENGHAZI

thelibyanrevolution:

“My neighbor came home tonight from prison and handed us $5,000 and gun and said not to worry, that he wouldn’t be killing anyone. They gave all the prisoners $5,000 and a gun and were told to kill all those anti-Gaddaffi with the promise of another $5,000 later”

(They have released the prisoners and are paying them money to kill anti-Gaddafi people! I hope more prisoners are like this man and will give up their weapons. This is madness.)

It’s horrific, aye. Madness, no. Wish mainstream media was hearing about this.
rhivolution:

definatalie:

Image - screencap of a twitter update from @monaeltahawy saying “Officers came out, said they are with the people. They invited group of demonstrators inside building, losed gates, shot them. #Libya”
theoceanandthesky:

aim2misbehave:

inspiringlywrittenbyaaronsorkin:

jesusbale:

nikaloveschelleanddanica | slappysquirrel

oh god PLEASE everyone reblog this. This needs to hit the mainstream media.


Wow. I have to interrupt my normal posts for this one. This is awful.

Disgusting.

oh.. well fuck.


Dear god. I can’t not share this, though it breaks my heart.

rhivolution:

definatalie:

Image - screencap of a twitter update from @monaeltahawy saying “Officers came out, said they are with the people. They invited group of demonstrators inside building, losed gates, shot them. #Libya”

theoceanandthesky:

aim2misbehave:

inspiringlywrittenbyaaronsorkin:

jesusbale:

nikaloveschelleanddanica | slappysquirrel

oh god PLEASE everyone reblog this. This needs to hit the mainstream media.

Wow. I have to interrupt my normal posts for this one. This is awful.

Disgusting.

oh.. well fuck.

Dear god. I can’t not share this, though it breaks my heart.

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