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Last week we reported about the five dead men in the uniforms of Qaddafi soldiers found rotting in a cement basin near Qawalish. (The first link leads to a previous post on this tumblr; this link leads to coverage in the NYT.) Since those reports, questions surrounding what happened to these…
Human Rights Watch has just published its findings on abuses and apparent reprisals by rebels against suspected Qaddafi loyalists and their property in four recently seized towns in mountainous western Libya. The rebels’ regional military commander has confirmed that some of the abuses…
Zintan gets hit with grad rockets by Gaddafi’s forcesThe hole left by a Grad rocket inside a home in Zintan. — Zintan city has been shelled for more than one week by Gaddafi’s forces, the rockets hit randomly across the city, generally from late afternoon and early morning. Zintan, Libya. 2nd June 2011.
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Six months after the fall of the Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali regime, Tunisians discuss their efforts to implement radical change in the face of enormous challenges - both social and political
It’s been six months, already?
China - Weather - Drought(110526) — WUHAN, May 26, 2011 (Xinhua) — A farmer squats in a dried-up pool in Huangpi District of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, May 25, 2011. Wuhan has suffered the most severe drought in the same period over the past 6 decades, while a total precipitation of 132.9 millimeters during the past 6 months was equal to that of one month in normal years here. (Xinhua/Zheng Feng) (ly)
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PJ knows what’s up.
Libya - War - Inside The Libyan Rebels’ Hidden Weapons Shops in MisurataA rebel technician works to build a hand trigger on a .50 cal machine gun, at a workshop in Misurata. Rebel forces in Misurata have been fighting for almost two months with whatever weapons they were able to loot or capture from Qadafi’s forces. As part of the war effort to defend their city against attack, a small industry of weapons workshops have sprung up in discreet locations around the city—modifying pickup trucks with armor, and welding crew serve weapons turrets into the flatbeds. Crews work long hours, evolving their craft through the machinations of war hoping to constantly improve the capabilities of the fighters on the frontlines.
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I’ve been writing lots of Libya stuff lately. A trip to Benghazi yielded extremely good contacts and once you have a couple scoops on a topic, the rest start to roll along under their own momentum. But there’s loads I haven’t been able to publish, because I can’t verify it or get the stuff from a second source.
The oddest story? Mad dog’s cross with Qatar, because Qatar has backed the rebels (recognising the TNC, their government, sending some weapons, and supplying the east with fuel). So one good sources tells me — again, I stress, it’s not been verified — that Gaddafi’s hatched a revenge plan.
It involves loading up fishing boats with big guns and attacking any Qatari tanker (crude or liquefied natural gas) that has sailed through the Suez into the Mediterranean for export to Europe or America. I’m told they’ve already failed once. But the plan stands. It is absolutely barking mad. It’s not likely to work. But imagine, for a sec, if it did and if, say, some nutters from the regime blew up a crude-oil tanker off Sicily or Malta. Or even fired an RPG at the hull and caused a leak.