Now Libya

ANOTHER UPDATE: (in Arabic, lots of homegrown videos)


Also,… Letter from Libya: Circle of Fire, The New Yorker, 2006

Some links:

Libya February 17th – breaking news and photos I think from inside the country (Thanks, Emerson.)

ShabbabLibya on Twitter.

Feb17 voices on Twitter.

BBC Live Blog.

Reuters live blog.

Al Jazeera live blog.

Images: Above, the old Libyan flag in London (NYT).

Below: Demonstrators show the old flag at the London embassy

But wait, isn’t it backwards? Maybe they haven’t seen it for a while.  Here it is from wikipedia.  On the left is flag of the Kingdom of Libya, 1951–1969. On the right, the plain green flag of Qaddafi’s Green Revolution.

This might also be a good time for nostalgia over Qaddafi’s army of 200 women, allegedly all virgins and trained in weapons and martial arts, not to mention makeup, nail polish, and heels.    Some 7,000 women were said to have graduated from a women’s military academy in Tripoli between 1979 and 1983, when it closed after students ripped down fences to escape.  Photos here, here, here and here, and even more in this creepy puff piece video.

Just so we don’t become superficial and focus entirely on what the women are wearing – and the blue camo was always a personal favorite of mine – here’s some fashion commentary on the men as well–the dictator chic styles of Ahmadinnejad and Qaddafi.

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3 Responses to “Now Libya”

  1. canehan Says:

    I think it is very significant that people in Benghazi flew the old flad of King Idriss, a Senussi. Someone will enlighten me but I think there is a tribal thing here, Senussi against the rest. I have just read a book about British operations behind German/Italian lines in Libya during WWII and much of it was in the Benghazi hinterland, where they had strong support from the local tribes.

  2. Nijma Says:

    What a memory for detail you have. It doesn’t seem to be anywhere in the usual wiki places.

    That would (sort of) explain the statement of Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, “We will keep fighting until the last man standing, even to the last woman standing…We will not leave Libya to the Italians or the Turks.”

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