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August 21, 2011
0:09 // 3 years ago
August 20, 2011
They will say this message is recorded … It’s Sunday, the 21st of August. Time is 1:37 Libya time.
Muammar Gaddafi • Speaking on Libyan state television about an hour ago, and trying to confirm that he in fact was speaking live, right there, right then. He called the rebels “rats,” and expressed disbelief that the country had deteriorated to this point. ”You need to Love Libya,” he said. “How can you allow those people to play with Libya? Instead of being happy we’re sad.” 
20:47 // 3 years ago
16:30 // 3 years ago
August 19, 2011
Lots going on tonight in Libya: Word is that the rebels are attempting to storm Tripoli and end this whole Gaddafi mess once and for all. A lot’s happening really quickly, though, so we’re trying to figure out what to make of all of it. In recent days, rebels have taken other cities and gotten closer to a possible endgame in the country. We’ll be watching tonight, all.

Lots going on tonight in Libya: Word is that the rebels are attempting to storm Tripoli and end this whole Gaddafi mess once and for all. A lot’s happening really quickly, though, so we’re trying to figure out what to make of all of it. In recent days, rebels have taken other cities and gotten closer to a possible endgame in the country. We’ll be watching tonight, all.

20:51 // 3 years ago
July 15, 2011
9:43 // 3 years ago
July 12, 2011

nhaler says: RE: Gaddafi

But do you think he WILL leave? Not two weeks ago, you guys called BS on another prediction that he'd step down, citing his unerring obstinacy. Indeed, the Americans had a minor interest in Gaddafi remaining in power, hoping the uprising would blow over and leave Libya on the path to Liberalisation that it was now on. Do you think those ambitions have been abandoned?

» SFB says: These stories keep cropping up. I added the question mark myself, because as has been proven with the situation regarding Saleh in Yemen, these dictators and longstanding leaders will do everything they can to hold power — even when they say they’re going to resign. My feeling: If Gaddafi leaves Libya, it’ll be by force. — Ernie @ SFB

13:54 // 3 years ago

Libya update: Possible NATO ceasefire, Gaddafi may leave

  • ceasefire?NATO forces are considering a ceasefire in Libya for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which begins Aug. 1. Critics of the plan are worried it could backfire, while NATO leaders are afraid that a continued bombing campaign could lead to backlash from the Muslim community.
  • withdrawal?Meanwhile, the French are saying that Gaddafi is ready to leave power — so that ceasefire might not be necessary. Negotiations between the French and Gaddafi have been difficult, but now it seems that the dictator is thinking about leaving. That would probably be best for all involved. source

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12:54 // 3 years ago
July 7, 2011

Rebel leaders in Libya face possibly-irrelevant treason charges

  • 21 Libyan rebels to be charged with national security crimes source

» It’s worth noting that these rebel leaders are being tried in absentia, as they’re currently busy doing rebel stuff. Additionally, if and when Gaddafi’s government falls, the outcome of these trials will likely be inconsequential. Nevertheless, it’s an indication of the regime’s confidence in its ability to triumph that they’re proceeding with the trials anyway. Whether this portrayal of confidence is genuine or tactical remains to be seen.

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0:46 // 3 years ago
June 27, 2011
Libya: Gaddafi’s got a warrant out for his arrest. Uh-oh: The International Criminal Court issued the warrant, along with another one for his son Saif al-Islam and another for intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, over crimes against humanity. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Libya: Gaddafi’s got a warrant out for his arrest. Uh-oh: The International Criminal Court issued the warrant, along with another one for his son Saif al-Islam and another for intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, over crimes against humanity. source

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10:20 // 3 years ago
June 25, 2011

Gaddafi just lost the soccer-playing contingent of his base

  • 17 Libyan soccer players side with the rebels, not Gaddafi source

» Harsh words for the dictator: One of the players to defect, goalie Juma Gtat, put his feelings as such: ”I am telling Col Gaddafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya. In fact I wish he would leave this life altogether.” This is significant for a number of reasons — first, it comes after some notable military defections, and secondly, soccer is particularly huge in North Africa. That means that Gaddafi just lost some pretty significant allies in a public relations war.

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11:10 // 3 years ago