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04/19/2007


Gay Libyans Speak Out About Anti-Gay Militia Attacks

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The post-Gaddafi climate in Libya is no better for the gays than when the dictator was in power. In fact, some say it's gotten worse.

London's The Times this weekend ran a lengthy story in which gay Libyans told of how the capital city Tripoli's largest militia, the Nawasi brigade, has been harassing and attacking them with impunity.

Since The Times is subscription-based, Pink News UK offers a summation of the situation:

The city’s largest and most powerful brigade officially work under the authority of the Ministry of Interior, and, according to witnesses, were taking people away just for being gay.

Ahmad said he was witness to recent events during which the Nawasi drove past a birthday party, saw a man dressed in a wig and dress, and beat him until he admitted he was gay, at which point he was taken away.

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After the men were taken away, a picture of detainees from the party appeared on the Nawasi brigade’s Facebook page, in which they had their hands above their heads, and their heads against a wall, with their backs to the camera. Text accompanying the image read “flog them hard”, “ride them like camels” and “let’s see the bullets fly”.

The bridge admits to taking the men away, but says it did so more because of noise-complaints and alcohol consumption.

"These guys are not straight, but that’s not the main reason we arrested them," said one militia member. “The main thing was the big noise they were making to the neighbours, as well as the large amounts of alcohol and hashish we found."


Jon Stewart Rips Republicans for Reaction to Gaddafi's Death - 'What the F**k is Wrong with You People?'

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Jon Stewart covered the wide range of reactions to Gaddafi's death, in particular the unwillingness of the GOP to give any credit to the Obama administration for its handling of Libya:

Shoez"Is there no Republican that can be gracious and statesmanlike in this situation? We removed a dictator in six months losing no American soldiers, spending, like, a billlion dollars rather than a trillion dollars, and engendering what appears to be good will to people who now have a story of their own indpendence to tell. Anybody want to give credit? What the f**k is wrong with you people?"

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Footage Shows Captured, Injured Gaddafi Shortly Before His Death: VIDEO

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Footage has surfaced of a bloodied Gaddafi reportedly fending off his captors, most likely near the last moments of the dictator's life.

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Hillary Clinton Gets News of Gaddafi: VIDEO

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In a candid moment, the Secretary of State receives word (before news arrived that he had been killed) that Gaddafi may have been captured.

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In related news, Obama will be making a statement from the Rose Garden at 2 pm ET.

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Photo Shows Alleged Body of Slain Libyan Dictator Moammar Gaddafi

Media outlets are broadcasting photos of a body alleged to be that of Libyan Leader Moammar Gaddafi following earlier reports that he has been killed.

Photo and video (warning: graphic), AFTER THE JUMP...

Al Jazeera reports:

Abdul Hakim Belhaj, an NTC military chief, has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi has died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte. The body of the former Libyan leader was taken to a location which is being kept secret for security reasons, an NTC official said.

"Gaddafi's body is with our unit in a car and we are taking the body to a secret place for security reasons," Mohamed Abdel Kafi, an NTC official in the city of Misrata, told Reuters.

Earlier, Jamal abu-Shaalah, a field commander of NTC, told Al Jazeera that the toppled leader had been caught. "He's captured. He's wounded in both legs ... He's been taken away by ambulance," Abdel Majid, a senior NTC military official said.

A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show Gaddafi heavily bloodied, but it was not possible to confirm the authenticity of the picture.

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Libyan Leader Moammar Gaddafi Killed: Report

UPDATE: Libyan Leader Moammar Gaddafi has been killed, according to live reports...

QaddafiReuters reported earlier:

Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and wounded near his hometown of Sirte at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked, National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid said on Thursday.

The senior NTC military official told Reuters by telephone that the head of Gaddafi's armed forces Abu Bakr Younus Jabr had been killed during the capture of the Libyan ex-leader.

The State Department is saying they cannot yet confirm reports of Gaddafi's capture or death.

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