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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #959

AL JAZEERA: Former ambassador David Welch and Congressman Dennis Kucinich aided Gaddafi against rebels.

K-Y: Goes after the lesbian market.

COLLEGE BOUND: An In the Life profile on Kadeem Swenson, who was kicked out of his home for being gay but is now the first of his family to college thanks to help from organizations and mentors.

SHE USED TO BE A HOMOSEXUAL: Narrator is UK journalist Louis Theroux.

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Emergence of Gaddafi's Son in Tripoli a Wake-Up Call to Rebels: VIDEO


NATO got a wake-up call as the fugitive son of Libya's leader appeared on the streets of Tripoli, the NYT reports:

The euphoria that followed the rebels’ triumphant march in Tripoli gave way to confusion and wariness as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi remained at large, his son Seif al-Islam made a surprise appearance at a hotel with foreign journalists early Tuesday, and loyalist units stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the capital...

...Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, whose capture the rebels had trumpeted since Sunday, walked as a free man to the Rixos Hotel early Tuesday, boasting to foreign journalists there that his father’s government was still “in control” and had lured the rebels into a trap, the BBC and news services reported. His appearance raised significant questions about the credibility of rebel leaders.

It was not clear whether he had been in rebel custody and escaped, or was never held at all. Another Qaddafi son, Muhammed, escaped from house arrest on Monday.

Watch Al Jazeera footage and an interview with Saif Al Islam recorded last night, AFTER THE JUMP...

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In Libya, Gaddafi Whereabouts Unknown as Tripoli Falls to Rebels


Libyan rebels appear to have taken control of the capital Tripoli:

Following a euphoric night, during which the rebels swept into the capital and appeared to be edging their six-month struggle towards triumph, clashes were reported in the vicinity of Gaddafi's complex, known as Bab al-Aziziya, and Tripoli remained tense and anxious. Foreign journalists in the city reported hearing gunfire and explosions, while pockets of resistance appeared to be launching last-ditch attempts to fight back.

Watch raw video of civilians in Libya's capital, Tripoli, as convoys of rebels enter the city, AFTER THE JUMP...

The latest from Al Jazeera:

Libyan rebel sources have told Al Jazeera that NATO is planning on launching strikes against the walls of Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound, in order to break into it. The rebels are calling for all residents of the area to stay away from the compound.

Gaddafi's whereabouts remain unknown at this hour.

Obama's statement on Libya, calling for Gaddafi to step down:

Gaddafi Tonight, the momentum against the Qadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Qadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.

The surest way for the bloodshed to end is simple: Moammar Qadhafi and his regime need to recognize that their rule has come to an end. Qadhafi needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all. Meanwhile, the United States has recognized the Transitional National Council as the legitimate governing authority in Libya. At this pivotal and historic time, the TNC  should continue to demonstrate the leadership that is necessary to steer the country through a transition by respecting the rights of the people of Libya, avoiding civilian casualties, protecting the institutions of the Libyan state, and pursuing a transition to democracy that is just and inclusive for all of the people of Libya. A season of conflict must lead to one of peace.

The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people. Going forward, the United States will continue to stay in close coordination with the TNC. We will continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected. And we will continue to work with our allies and partners in the international community to protect the people of Libya, and to support a peaceful transition to democracy.

Watch raw video of civilians in Libya's capital, Tripoli, as convoys of rebels enter the city, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ralph Nader: Obama Committing Same War Crimes, Impeachable Offenses That Bush Did


Ralph Nader goes after the Obama administration's 'Odyssey Dawn' Libya operation, on Democracy Now.

“Barack Obama is committing the same crimes [as Bush and Cheney], in fact worse ones in Afghanistan. Innocents are being slaughtered, we’re creating more enemies, he’s violating international law, he’s not constitutionally authorized to do what he’s doing, he’s using State secrets, he’s engaging in illegal surveillance, the CIA is running wild without any kind of circumscribed legal standards or disclosure. Why don’t we say what’s on the minds of many legal experts; that the Obama administration is committing war crimes and if Bush should have been impeached, Obama should be impeached.”

Watch Nader, AFTER THE JUMP...

Public opinion is split, the Guardian reports.

President Obama sent a letter defending the Libya intervention to members of Congress on Monday in an effort to quell a growing rebellion over his failure to consult the Senate and the House of Representatives before embarking on the third major military action of his presidency.

In the letter, Obama attempted to address criticism that he had failed to either brief or discuss his decision in detail with both Democrats and Republicans. Under the US constitution, Congressional approval is required for declarations of war.

And what's the meaning of Odyssey Dawn anyway?

Odyssey Dawn started as a sort of unclassified code name, so that during the planning stages people could talk openly about working on Odyssey Dawn without giving away the nature of the project, says Elliott. But instead of coming up with a catchy, ready-for-prime-time name like Desert Storm when the operation was approved, they stuck with Odyssey Dawn.

"A lot of people have called trying to find meaning in the name," says Elliott. "The bottom line is that it was designed so there is no meaning."

Meanwhile, a U.S. fighter jet crashed in Libya today. Both airmen are reportedly safe.

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UN Authorizes No-Fly Zone, Military Action Against Libya

Last night the UN voted to take action against Libya:

Securitycouncil Diplomats said the resolution — which passed with 10 votes, including the United States, and abstentions from Russia, China, Germany, Brazil and India — was written in sweeping terms to allow for a wide range of actions, including strikes on air-defense systems and missile attacks from ships. Military activity could get under way within a matter of hours, they said.

Military action was promised in short order:

Only hours after the United Nations Security Council voted to authorize military action, including airstrikes against Libyan tanks and heavy artillery and impose a no-flight zone to try to avert a rout of rebels by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. French officials said e on Friday that military action would start “within a few hours” and news reports said British and French warplanes would spearhead the attack.

Celebration immediately rang out in the rebel city of Benghazi:

With the government’s forces closing in, the rebels had begged for military protection. Their pleas were only answered after a change of heart by the Barack Obama administration, which had opposed a no-fly zone for weeks but agreed to support the British and French initiative as opposition towns fell rapidly to the Libyan leader.

The decision at the UN appeared to have an immediate impact on Col Gaddafi’s thinking. Saif al-Islam, one of his sons, said there had been a change of tactics and that as a “humanitarian gesture” the Libyan army no longer intended to march on Benghazi, the rebels’ last major stronghold.

Watch the Telegraph's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Guardian has a live blog going....

Watch: Amazing Video of Libyan Rally [tr]
Watch: Gadhafi Punctuates Libya Uprising with Weird Umbrella Speech [tr]

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Watch: Moammar Qaddafi Punctuates Libya Uprising with 'Weird' Umbrella Speech


Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews discuss the uprising in Libya, and the whereabouts of Col. Moammar Qaddafi, who offered a 22-second speech last night from a white truck gripping an umbrella in hand.

However, Qaddafi appears to be losing his grip on the country.

Said Qaddafi: "I am in Tripoli and not in Venezuela. Do not believe the channels belonging to stray dogs....I wanted to say something to the youths at the Green Square (in Tripoli) and stay up late with them but it started raining. Thank God, it's a good thing."

And there's already a Rihanna mash-up.

Watch Maddow and the mash-up, AFTER THE JUMP...

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