One of the three, Chris Cobb-Smith, said: "We were lined up against the wall. I was the last in line - facing the wall.Gaddafi forces beat up BBC team Libya: Eyes on Benghazi - Boing Boing Libya Calling - Boing Boing Operation "Libya White Fax" - Boing Boing Libya: conflict extends to hospitals - Boing Boing Glued to events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain - Boing Boing Libya's UN mission asks world to defend Libyans from Gadaffi ... Poignant quote from student rebels in Libya - Boing Boing Following the Libyan uprising - Boing Boing Libya: Audio interview w/ man dodging gunfire as militias attack ... Read the rest
"I looked and I saw a plain-clothes guy with a small sub-machine gun. He put it to everyone's neck. I saw him and he screamed at me.
"Then he walked up to me, put the gun to my neck and pulled the trigger twice. The bullets whisked past my ear. The soldiers just laughed."
A second member of the team - Feras Killani, a correspondent of Palestinian descent - is said to have been singled out for repeated beatings.
Their captors told him they did not like his reporting of the Libyan popular uprising and accused him of being a spy.
The third member of the team, cameraman Goktay Koraltan, said they were all convinced they were going to die.
In this video, Saif Gadaffi (the "liberal" Gadaffi scion to whom the London School of Economics awarded a PhD for a plagiarized thesis on soft power and democracy) is seen promising weapons and reinforcements to the militia forces who have been brutally slaughtering peaceful protesters in Libya.
Saif Gaddafi Exposed [ENGLISH SUBTITLES] (via Reddit) Following the Libyan uprising - Boing Boing Gadaffhi Junior's PhD celebrates "soft power," democracy - Boing Boing Saif Gadaffhi, plagiarist - UPDATED - Boing Boing Gadaffi jams satellite phones and TV, mobile phones - Boing Boing Libyan forces turn on Gadaffhi, declare "Free Benghazi," capture ... Read the rest
Charlie Brooker's commentary on Gadaffi's erratic atrocities -- and the western leaders who've kissed up to him over the years -- from last week's Ten O'Clock Live is some of the most nose-milk-spurting material ever aired. I wish that all of Ten O'Clock Live's clips were on YouTube, as it would be amazing blogfodder -- the show is better than The Daily Show most weeks, IMO (I've asked, C4 say their lawyers won't let them because there are clips of the BBC, Sky, etc, which is some pretty weird fair dealing analysis).
Ten O'Clock Live Gadaffi sends text-spam offering bribes to counter-revolutionaries ... Gadaffi jams satellite phones and TV, mobile phones - Boing Boing Colonel Gaddafi uses Botox to maintain own youth, beauty - Boing Boing Libya's UN mission asks world to defend Libyans from Gadaffi ... Read the rest
An air force officer, Major Rajib Faytouni, said he personally witnessed up to 4,000 mercenaries arrive on Libyan transport planes over a period of three days starting from 14 February. He said: "That's why we turned against the government. That and the fact there was an order to use planes to attack the people."Read the rest
Numerous witnesses in Benghazi have said that while artillery was used against citizens, air force planes did not fire on them here. They did, however, according to Faytouni, drop two bombs inside the Rajma military base to stop weapons falling into the hands of anti-government forces.
"The two colonels who defected in MiGs had refused orders to bomb the people," he said, referring to a pair of air force officers who fled to Malta in their jets on Monday. He added: "There were also two helicopters that flew to Tunis."
All around Benghazi there were indications that Gaddafi has lost control of the city. The military is no longer operating checkpoints, which are now manned only by a handful of traffic police. Every physical sign of the dictator has been taken down or burned.
This dissertation analyses the problem of how to create more just and democratic global governing institutions, exploring the approach of a more formal system of collective decision-making by the three main actors in global society: governments, civil society and the business sector. The thesis seeks to make a contribution by presenting for discussion an addition to the system of international governance that is morally justified and potentially practicable, referred to as 'Collective Management'. The thesis focuses on the role of civil society, analysing arguments for and against a role for civil society that goes beyond 'soft power' to inclusion as voting members in inter-governmental decision-making structures in the United Nations (UN) system, the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other institutions."THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE DEMOCRATISATION OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS: From 'Soft Power' to Collective Decision-Making? (PDF)
The thesis defends the argument that inclusion of elected representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in tripartite decision-making structures could potentially create a more democratic global governing system. This conclusion is supported by a specially-commissioned survey of leading figures in NGOs and IGO decision-making structures.
There's also an incredible set of photos of the Libyan uprising on Flickr user Fadhomar's stream.
Renesys has information on the blocks in Libyan Internet coverage: "Two-thirds of Libyan routes came back to life at 6:01 UTC (8:01 local time), and the remainder were restored nine minutes later. At the moment, spot checks of Libyan domains and traceroutes into affected networks indicate that connectivity has been restored, and Libya is back on the Internet." (Thanks, @Re6smith!)
10.28am - Libya: On Audioboo, a group called feb17voices is collecting audio recordings from Libyans reporting on what is happening in their country. Here is a transcript from one from Saturday:
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My name is Rahma, I am located in Tripoli right now, I am heading out to Fashloom area, they have heard that Fashloom is beginning to protest that ... and other suburbs are sort of rioting and protesting anti-government, and because of these riots the cops as we speak are shooting live ammunition and grenades at them.
Meanwhile, Al Jazeera's coverage continues to be the best thing going, followed closely by the Guardian.
Bahrain's army deliberately kills peaceful protesters with live rounds ( automatic weapon ) (Thanks, Superface, via Submitterator!) Bahrain: anti-government protests continue despite brutal ... Bahrain: peaceful protests turn violent as police attack ... Glued to events in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain - Boing Boing Bahrain: blogger Ali Abdulemam arrested - Boing Boing Bahrain: in protest crackdown, regime appears to have tightened ... Bahrainis use Google Earth to spy on royals' palaces - Boing Boing Read the rest