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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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Would you have the balls to do this?

The Libyan revolutionaries are circulating a number of propaganda videos at the moment. The following one contains clips from the battle for Benghazi. I find it interesting because it was the early days of the Libyan revolution and the protesters … Continue reading

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Will they lynch Gaddafi or put him on trial?

In an interview this afternoon with Al Jazeera Arabic, Abdel Rahman Shalgham, the Libyan ambassador to the UN, says he is representing the rebel National Libyan Council, not Gaddafi. Here’s a translation of what Shalgham said: Gaddafi, you are over. … Continue reading

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The stupid bastards never learn

Over the last few days there’s been much talk in the West of intervening in Libya. The very fact that American warships are now heading for Libyan shores will not only give credence to Gaddafi’s claims that the West is … Continue reading

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And also two fingers to Blair and Mandelson

Lord Mandelson (‘Lord’ ???) has held positions of high power in the British government, yet has never been elected by the British people. Tony Blair is supposed to be some kind of Middle East peace envoy (with a salary to … Continue reading

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Keep out America, you are not wanted

This piece from the Washington Post shows how unbelievably out of touch America is… Rebel army may be formed as Tripoli fails to oust Gaddafi The American government is now saying that they are going to ‘assist’ the Libyan revolution. … Continue reading

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Can a gang of thieves and thugs and madmen govern a modern nation?

Another fascinating speech by Gaddafi today (interestingly, done by telephone from an unspecified location), in which, amongst other things, he blamed the Libyan uprising on al Qaeda and said of the protesters… “Their ages are 17. They give them pills … Continue reading

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The Observers Book of Mad Dictators

Colonel Gaddafi finally addressed the nation last night. He spoke for just 20 seconds, which is probably the shortest speech he’s ever made (he often whaffles on for hours). This is what he said: “I was talking with youths in … Continue reading

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Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Addresses the Nation

Another bizaare television speech from a looney regime. This time from Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, who apparently today has ordered war ships and fighter planes to bomb and machine gun unarmed protesters (Saif al-Islam has a degree from the London … Continue reading

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