Before the revolution the common definition of Libya consisted of one word — “Gaddafi.” Now it consists of “Gaddafi & rebellion.” Since I rushed in with other journalists in February, the images have only reinforced this simple definition, but of course, Libya’s history and psyche is much more complex than the glorified war images we [...]
French freelancers on Libya’s front line and Muslim Brotherhood members on election day commune with their higher powers, if you can call editors higher powers.
At one of the last checkpoints before fighting in Ben Jawwad 22 year old Ramadan waits in his car as his friends pray. They came from Baida a few hundred kilometers away and had been in and out of the fighting for the last 3 days.
Fighting occurred in the oil producing town of Brega between pro-Ghadafi forces and rebel fighters. Loyal planes bombed formations of rebel fighters in and around Braiga as reinforcements came from the nearby town of Ajdabiya. At least 14 wounded and 4 dead came to the Brega hospital
The markets in Benghazi have been open for a few days, according to a few of the merchants the importation of goods has significantly slowed but domestic trade is still occurring. Fruits and vegetables are still being brought from their normal sources near the sahara but SIM cards are becoming a precious commodity.
Fathi Terbil (فتحي طربيل) the human rights lawyer whose arrest on Feb 15th kicked off protests in Libya gives a press conference in Bengazi as a spokesperson for the opposition.
Expats in Bengazi converge on the port waiting for ships to take them out of the country. Many of the European and American citizens have well coordinated exit strategies, but citizens from countries like India, Bengal, and Somalia have been waiting at the cold and windy dock with little food and water, some for 4 [...]
Friday prayers in Bengazi were held on the Corniche and were massive. At the end of the day I searched out the transmission site of Radio Free Libya, an opposition radio station set up just a few days after the uprising started. They play only old revolution songs so they must use reel to reel [...]
In the costal city of Bengazi a new government is being reformed as they dig through the remains of the old.