ANOTHER UPDATE: http://www.facebook.com/17022011libya (in Arabic, lots of homegrown videos)
Also,… Letter from Libya: Circle of Fire, The New Yorker, 2006
ShabbabLibya on Twitter.
Feb17 voices on Twitter.
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.