Following the Libyan uprising


22 Responses to “Following the Libyan uprising”

  1. carborundum says:

    Nice article on BBC about Gene Sharp, who seems to have literally wrote the book on nonviolent revolution!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You can’t hide anymore, motherfuckers. Decent people are coming to find you.

  3. Rayonic says:

    What I want to know is: what’s up with Gadaffi’s face. Did some plastic surgery go wrong or something? He always looked kinda weird, but wow.

    Looks like he’s been seeing a taxidermist.

  4. Anonymous says:

    enough is enough african rulers your no longer leadrs

  5. alllie says:

    I’m ambivalent about all this because I know the US has always hated Gadaffi, not because he was a dictator, they are fine with dictators like Mubarak that bleed their countries dry, torture and murder their people, but because Gadaffi was largely socialist and, until the last decade, kept most western corporations out of Libya. Libya even nationalized 70% of their oil, only leaving foreign oil companies with some interest because Libya needed their expertise. Their inability to exploit Libya is why the global capitalists hated Gadaffi.

    So what the truth is, I don’t know. But the US wasn’t sending people to Libya to be tortured, but they were sending them to Egypt and Syria.

    This…oil revenue, however, made possible a substantial improvement in the lives of virtually all Libyans. During the 1970s, the government succeeded in making major improvements in the general welfare of its citizens. By the 1980s Libyans enjoyed much improved housing and education, comprehensive social welfare services, and general standards of health that were among the highest in Africa.
    The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

    So what’s true? I don’t kown. But it may be that the violence in Libya has western intelligence agencies behind it. Or it may be it’s people driven, but in this case I don’t necessarily believe western media.

    • davidasposted says:

      What is the relevance of the U.S. and its position on Libya?

      Many (though not all) Libyans enjoy the material benefits of an oil-rich state that has chosen to invest some of the profits into public infrastructure. As a consequence of this investment, many Libyans are highly educated. At the same time, press freedom and unfettered political participation do not exist in the country.

      The revolution in Tunisia was about economics, but the emerging struggle in Libya is about something else, and not the least the desire to meaningfully participate in the direction of the state.

      • Padraig says:

        I agree, David.

        A guilded cage is a cage nonetheless.

        All reports indicate that political freedom did not exist and that political opposition and difference was brutally repressed.

        You either took what was offered or suffered the consequences.

        Furthermore, those who were not in the ‘in’ crowd were always at risk of violence from the corrupt – thus there was no freedom, liberty, peace or equality before the law.

  6. PaulR says:

    As per Al-Jazeera, it looks like the tide is turning:
    “Anti-government protesters rallied in Tripoli’s streets, tribal leaders spoke out against Gaddafi, and army units defected to the opposition as oil exporter Libya endured one of the bloodiest revolts to convulse the Arab world.”

  7. Anonymous says:

    It appears the United States of Africa (from Star Trek) is a few steps closer to coming into being…

  8. arborman says:

    Though I cannot know the nuances of the revolts happening in each of the Arab states, I can’t help but instinctively side with the (more or less) unarmed people against the heavily armed military and dictators.

    I hope that if history takes a turn and Canada ever finds itself in a situation like that (hopefully unlikely), I would have the guts to be in the streets facing down the bullies of autocratic power. And I have enormous respect for those who do.

    I don’t know what will come of all the revolutions. Some of them might end in democracy, some will probably end in a new dictatorship. Some may even be hostile to the US (given the history). Who cares? Surely the US is strong enough to survive the antipathy of the mighty emirate of Bahrain, or Libya?

    Course, the price of gas might go up, but it was going up anyway and this will provide the oil companies with a convenient excuse to point at while they bathe in solid gold tubs and fly gold plated lear jets.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love that his Twitter feed follows Mariah Carey *and* Tony Robbins.

  10. Moody75 says:

    As a Libyan I say THANK YOU Cory and BoingBoing for the continued coverage.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I recommend following @acarvin for an amazing (and somewhat overwhelming) tweet stream of Libya and other revolutions. Public media FTW.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Al Jazeera also offers excellent coverage.

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