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Video: Libyan Minders Bundle Off Protester In Front of Shocked Journos

Video: Libyan Minders Bundle Off Protester In Front of Shocked Journos

With Gaddafi’s goons preventing foreign journos from leaving Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel to freely cover the unrest, one opponent of the regime did something extremely brave. A distraught woman identifying herself as Eman al-Obeidy simply walked into the hotel as reporters were eating breakfast and began telling them she had been raped by government soldiers. And as she

Gadaffi, MSM, Can’t Find Civilian Casualties

Col. Gadaffi’s says Western airstrikes on Libya are killing lots of civilians. Robert Gates calls Gadaffi a liar. As David Wood explains, it can be difficult for coalition pilots to discern between Gadaffi loyalists, rebels and civilians, so could the dictator be right? Well, a troupe of foreign reporters and their government minders went looking for civilian

Credit for Not Hitting Libyan Civilians?

Sky News reports that an RAF mission to hit Libyan targets was aborted: The Ministry of Defence said Sunday night’s planned attack was called off as Tornado jets neared their undisclosed target. Strategic communications officer Major General John Lorimer said: “As the RAF GR4 Tornados approached the target, further information came to light that identified

3 Reasons I Like Gaddafi’s Latest Rant

You know hell’s freezing over when Gaddafi compares himself to Israel: “Even the Israelis in Gaza, when they moved into the Gaza strip, they moved in with tanks to fight such extremists. It’s the same thing here! We have small armed groups who are fighting us. We did not use force from the outset .

No Israelis Expelled Over New Passport Forgery

A team of British SAS soldiers and diplomats were caught by Libyan rebels carrying explosives and fake passports in a badly bungled first-contact mission. I’m sure the fake passports were high quality and made by a state intelligence service. But that’s only an outrage when Israel’s accused. Memo to London: Next time, bring tennis rackets.

Tough Times for the Arab Lobby in Washington

Lobbying firms representing autocratic Arab regimes in Washington are having a tough time. For years, they have been one of the most formidable lobbying forces in town: the elite band of former members of Congress, former diplomats and power brokers who have helped Middle Eastern nations navigate diplomatic waters here on delicate issues like arms

Sanctions: The People’s Choice?

If only the NY Times‘s logic would be applied to stronger measures against Iran: We were disappointed to hear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey — the Muslim world’s leading democracy — denounce “any sanctions or interference that would mean the punishment of the Libyan people.” If Libya’s people are willing to put their lives on

The 3 Dumbest Things Written by Intellectuals Visiting Libya

I just gave a thumbs-up to Martin Kramer‘s list of the dumbest things written by Western intellectuals who did junkets to Libya. • 3d place: The shores of Tripoli by Stephen Walt http://goo.gl/pkzZu: “Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.” • 2d place: My chat with the colonel by Anthony Giddens http://goo.gl/VCEo4:

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