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September 12, 2012
America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: there is no justification for this. None. Violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith.
U.S. Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON, remarking on the killings in Libya. (via inothernews)
10:16 // 1 year ago
8:45 // 1 year ago
His influence over the grand game and the affairs of Nullsec cannot be overstated. If you were an alliance leader of any consequence, you spoke to Vile Rat. You knew him. You may have been a friend or an enemy or a pawn in a greater game, but he touched every aspect of EVE in ways that 99% of the population will never understand.
EVE Online player The_Mittani • Regarding the death of State Department official Sean Smith, who was well-known to that community as the player Vile Rat. “Obviously, given the combined attacks in Egypt and in Libya, this was a coordinated act designed for maximum media exposure; rile up a mob, point them at an embassy or consulate on 9/11 in particular, aim for the press,” The_Mittani wrote. ”Many were injured in these pointless, reprehensible acts, and one of my closest friends was killed as a result.” A sad note that puts a real-life spin on a difficult situation — through virtual means. (ht Hacker News)
8:42 // 1 year ago
breakingnews:

  US Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi consulate attack  
Al Jazeera English: The US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.
An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.
Photo: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (US State Department)

Libyan deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif placed the blame on American shoulders: "They are to blame simply for not withdrawing their personnel from the premises, despite the fact that there was a similar incident when [al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen] Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. It was necessary that they take precauations. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said. Stevens, who was visiting the city, died of smoke inhalation.

breakingnews:

US Ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi consulate attack

Al Jazeera English: The US Ambassador to Libya and 3 other embassy staff have been killed during an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, following fierce clashes at the compound, Libyan security sources say.

An armed mob attacked and set fire to the building in a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.

Photo: Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens (US State Department)

Libyan deputy interior minister Wanis al-Sharif placed the blame on American shoulders: "They are to blame simply for not withdrawing their personnel from the premises, despite the fact that there was a similar incident when [al-Qaeda second-in-command and Libyan citizen] Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed. It was necessary that they take precauations. It was their fault that they did not take the necessary precautions," he said. Stevens, who was visiting the city, died of smoke inhalation.

7:32 // 1 year ago
September 11, 2012
nbcnews:

BREAKING: Secretary of State Clinton confirms State Dept. officer killed in Benghazi
(Photo: Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters)
Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET: A U.S. State Department officer was killed in Benghazi, Libya after armed protesters stormed the U.S. consulate there, furious about an amateur video allegedly produced in the U.S. that has been viewed as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.
Read the complete story.


The State Department has a statement on their Tumblr page from Hillary Clinton. Excerpt: "This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation."

nbcnews:

BREAKING: Secretary of State Clinton confirms State Dept. officer killed in Benghazi

(Photo: Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters)

Updated at 10:20 p.m. ET: A U.S. State Department officer was killed in Benghazi, Libya after armed protesters stormed the U.S. consulate there, furious about an amateur video allegedly produced in the U.S. that has been viewed as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad.

Read the complete story.

The State Department has a statement on their Tumblr page from Hillary Clinton. Excerpt: "This evening, I called Libyan President Magariaf to coordinate additional support to protect Americans in Libya. President Magariaf expressed his condemnation and condolences and pledged his government’s full cooperation."

(via breakingnews)

23:15 // 1 year ago
September 6, 2012
15:31 // 1 year ago
August 14, 2012
I was shocked. There is nothing you are told that can prepare you for what you see. The state of the Sunni Muslims there - their state of mind, their fate — all of those things have been slowly corroded over time by the regime.
Hussam “Sam” Najjar, a former Libyan freedom fighter now on the front lines in Syria • Recalling how shocked he was when he first arrived in Syria, at the request of his former battalion commander from the Libyan resistance, and was taken to see the Syrian rebels’ current state of affairs. While laying most of the blame on the lack of a no-fly zone over Syria, which Najjar says allowed Libyan rebels to assemble as many as 1,500 fighters in a single location, he also said that opposition forces need to learn how to cooperate better with one another. “One of the biggest factors delaying the revolution is the lack of unity among the rebels,” said Hassam, adding,” Unfortunately, it is only when their back is up against the wall that they start to realize they should (unite).” An incredibly fascinating story.  source (viafollow)
14:49 // 2 years ago
August 1, 2012

cjchivers:

Origins: Colonel Qaddafi’s Napalm Stocks.

The East takes most of the blame for arming Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s Libya. By volume, this is as it should be.

But the West was deeply involved, too. A post today on the At War blog examines some of the history of the American role in arming and training — essentially creating — the military that gave rise to the Brother Leader and the coup he led in 1969.

That post touched upon something the photographs above hint at, too. The short of it? Look at the photographs. They show that Spain provided Qaddafi’s Libya with more than mortar-delivered cluster munitions. It helped him with his burning jellies, too.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS

Packaging for the igniters, and the igniters themselves. Spanish-made EMBI impact fuzes for free-fall BIN napalm bombs. By the author. Libya. 2011.

For fans of napalm and analysis of dictatorships after the fact.

18:41 // 2 years ago
July 18, 2012

storyboard:

Capturing Libya: Through a Hipstamatic Lens

To photojournalism purists, it was pure blasphemy: a prestigious prize, third place for photo of the year, granted to a New York Times photographer who’d used not a 35mm to document U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but simply, his iPhone — and an app called Hipstamatic. Immediately, traditionalists went berserk: “What we knew as photojournalism at its purest form is over,” one photojournalist lamented. Using Hipstamatic in a news report, another commentator proclaimed, was “cheating us all.”

And yet, to Ben Lowy, a conflict photographer who has made a career out of a certain brand of iPhonography — and will debut the first ever photojournalism-inspired Hipstamatic lens with his namesake later this year — the award was a well-needed wake-up call for photojournalism fundamentalists. Last February, Lowy set out to capture the uprising in Libya from his iPhone (alongside millions of protesters who’d document the Arab Spring on their mobile devices) in photos that would fuel reporting from the region in outlets around the globe. In October, Lowy’s Hipstamatic images of everyday life in wartime Kabul were published in the New York Times Magazine, prompting the magazine’s photo editor, Kathy Ryan, to defend their use on the paper’s 6th Floor blog. And since then, Lowy has published an iPhone photo a day — from dramatic images of war to mundane life in Brooklyn — on his Tumblr, captured under the title, iSee.

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That he’s found a home on Tumblr suggests that Tumblr is a place for new approaches.

9:25 // 2 years ago
July 16, 2012
benlowy:

Zintan, Libya | July 14, 2012 Omar, 26, sits in the car he drove to the front lines during last year’s Libyan uprising. He refuses to fix his windshield “the sniper’s round went past my head… This car took care of me, so I can’t change it.” But more than anything the windshield is a constant reminder to Omar of the life he took and the friends he lost. “The first time I killed … It was him or me. For three days after I cried and mumbled and thought I went crazy. ” #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Zintan (Taken with Instagram)

Photo of the day. Easy.

benlowy:

Zintan, Libya | July 14, 2012 Omar, 26, sits in the car he drove to the front lines during last year’s Libyan uprising. He refuses to fix his windshield “the sniper’s round went past my head… This car took care of me, so I can’t change it.” But more than anything the windshield is a constant reminder to Omar of the life he took and the friends he lost. “The first time I killed … It was him or me. For three days after I cried and mumbled and thought I went crazy. ” #iLibya #photography #photojournalism #documentary #hipstamatic #magnumfoundation #emergencyfund #libya #Zintan (Taken with Instagram)

Photo of the day. Easy.

(via reportagebygettyimages)

11:37 // 2 years ago