Posts Tagged: Libya
Where am I from, ask the Arabs: “Woher kommen Sie, Sai-ed Maruan,” and I answer that I’m from Germany, but that I’m also from Palestine. Had I ever been to Palestine, the Arabs want to know. I’ve been to Palestine once, I answer.
Tasbeeh Herwees has a fantastic essay up at the Toast about her Libyan mother’s insistence that Americans use her given name rather than an anglicized nickname, confusing though they may find it to pronounce.
And apparently most Americans aren’t willing to remedy that confusion, a fact which used to weigh heavily on Herwees....more
“Tables were piled high with once-banned books as political hopefuls, returning expats and intellectuals gathered to celebrate the unbanning.”
On Monday, Libya celebrated the removal of censorship laws with a ceremony at the Royal Palace in Tripoli. Unbanned books included Arablic translated versions of “The Secret Life of Saddam Hussein,” “The CIA Files of Arab Rulers” and “Sex in the Arab World.”...more
You can follow the Guardian’s live coverage here.
Al Jazeerah is reporting that fighting has broken out near Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, but so far, no sign of Gaddafi himself.
Two of Gaddafi’s sons, however, have been captured.....more
A coalition including the US, France, the UK, and Italy has begun air and missile strikes in Libya. President Obama authorized limited military action by US forces, but also said that the US will not send ground troops in. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also emphasized that the US is not taking a lead role in this effort....more
I’m snatching a few minutes between the classes I’ve taught and the papers I have to grade to try to catch up on Libya, which is impossible since events there are setting my Twitter feed on fire. As has been the case since Tunisia got this wave going, Mother Jones has good background on the country and why this is happening....more