Picture of Libyans appalled by the attacks against the consulate
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Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens died in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya after protests broke out there and in Cairo. Three other American diplomatic staff members were also killed. President Obama strongly condemned the attack earlier this morning. More.
Libyan activist-turned-business consultant Khaled el Mayet knows not everyone shares his view of what happened in Libya. But for him, the most important measure is how little fear is felt on the streets of Tripoli now compared with a year ago, or with the forty-two years of Ghaddafi rule before that.
“It was a great success,” says el Mayet. “It was very much needed and the Libyan people were very appreciative for the action NATO took.”
The 28-year-old el Mayet grew up in London, a life that was outwardly comfortable, but emotionally on edge as his family, friends, and his own sense of self were split between Britain and Libya.
As the early sprouts in Libya’s “Spring” were being crushed by the Ghaddafi regime, he and other members of the Libyan diaspora sent humanitarian assistance, desperately hoping for international protection for those resisting the regime.
“Everyone was so scared,” he says. “We all saw that radio speech from Ghaddafi where he said. ‘We’re coming for you. We’re going to hunt you down one by one like rats in your cupboards, zanqa zanqa.’”
The phrase “Zanqa zanqa,”–Arabic for alleyway by alleyway–would become a catchphrase, even a jingle for the opposition. But at the moment the Libyan leader issued the threat in February 2011, it was a death notice.
El Mayet actually thinks that language helped convince permanent UN.Security Council members Russia and China to abstain in a March 17th vote, rather than veto resolution 1973, which authorized “all necessary means” to protect Libyan civilians.
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A peek inside Mohamed Qaddafi’s diplomatic passport ends the ongoing controversy over the English spelling of his name. No one predicted this one; it’s “Gathafi.”
The Libyan rebels fighting to topple Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi are led by longtime opponents of the Qaddafi government as well as officials who defected once the rebellion began. The Benghazi-based National Transitional Council came together in late February as the official opposition body. Below are some of the main figures in the council leadership.
Mahmoud Jibril: Head of government
He has spent most of his time during the rebellion abroad, meeting with international leaders and persuading them to recognize the National Transitional Council. He worked in the Qaddafi government as head of the National Economic Development Board before defecting at the beginning of the rebellion.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil: Chairman of the National Transitional Council
He has been the leader of the rebels’ interim council since it was formed at the end of February. He was Minister of Justice in the Qaddafi government until he resigned after violence was used against protesters.
Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga: Vice Chairman of the National Council
He has been a leader and spokesman for the rebels’ transitional council since it was formed. Previously, he was a prominent Benghazi lawyer who was involved in representing families of the prisoners killed at Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison in 1996.