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The Arab Uprisings and women war reporters

Women news reporters have played a prominent part during the recent dramatic events in Libya. The first news team to get into the Bab al-Aziziya compound yesterday were fronted by Alex Crawford for Sky News. Crawford has received high praise … Continue reading

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The fall of Tripoli – quite extraordinary

Perhaps not so extraordinary was how easily the freedom fighters streamed into Tripoli over the weekend, or how easily they took Bab al-Aziziya today – it was a case of one good kick and the whole rotten structure collapses: Gaddafi … Continue reading

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The germs of Syria congratulate the rats of Libya

And so do I: God bless Libya and the Libyans! It ain’t quite over yet, and it’s easy to be cynical. In fact, I’m too tired to counter the usual stuff in any detail, so here’s a quickie… The West’s … Continue reading

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Libya and al-Qaeda

Here’s a video report from the New York Times, made last week following the death of Osama bin Laden. It’s about the town of Darnah, in Libya, which used to be a hotbed of Islamic extremists…

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If this is really Colonel Gaddafi then Fukushima is safe and under control

As well as murder and mayhem, mad dictators also produce moments of sheer farce. Today Libyan state television aired pictures of what was supposedly Gaddafi, punching his fists in the air and waving from an open-topped vehicle as it drove … Continue reading

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The Libyan Foreign Minister defects and a spring morning in London in 1984

I’m not quite sure why the Libyan Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, has defected to the UK. Koussa was head of the Libyan security apparatus between 1994 and 2009 (including the secret police) and for a long time before that was … Continue reading

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A turning point in the Libyan revolution

While the world watches a disaster movie unfold in Japan there have been some astonishing events in Libya today. Al Jazeera has reported on its Libya Live Blog that: “Anti-government activists said that rebels commanding fighter jets have destroyed two … Continue reading

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The Libyan Revolution: truth and lies

Adolf Hitler and the Nazis used to have an ethos: the bigger the lie the more likelihood that people will believe what you are saying. And so it is with regime in Libya. Gaddafi says that his people love him, … Continue reading

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The Libyan psychopath and his pills, and a powerful force for change that he just can’t destroy

Earlier today the BBC spoke to Matog, a guy in his 20s who’s part of the rebel forces in Ras Lanuf, where there has been very heavy fighting. This is some of what Matog said… “I never thought I’d see … Continue reading

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The Keystone Kops go in search of al Qaeda in Libya

Only one person had the authority to order today’s bungled SAS mission in Libya, and that person is the UK Prime Minister David Cameron. What the hell was Cameron playing at?! Well, it’s quite obvious, really: the West is still … Continue reading

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