A growing number of towns in Libya’s east have in effect declared their independence from Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s rule and set up informal opposition governments. In Tobruk, an eastern city that joined the uprising almost as soon as it began, members of the Libyan opposition chanted victory slogans.
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“And in my opinion, the young generation of whites, blacks, browns, whatever else there is, you’re living at a time of extremism, a time of revolution, a time when there’s got to be a change. People in power have misused it and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built and the only way it’s going to be built is with extreme methods. And I, for one, will join in with anyone, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.”
I’m sorry, but this makes me absolutely sick to my stomach. Actually, I’m not sorry at all. How fucking dare you say that. People are dying. They are being murdered by the very people that are supposed the be protecting them.
While I haven’t ‘lost my faith in humanity,’ some people disgust me to no end. I am disgusted that someone can’t 'care about Lybia’ because they’re 'starving like a hostage,’ yet some are being burned alive because they refused to kill protesters. I am disgusted that 'Justin Bieber’s new haircut’ is all over facebook, yet I haven’t seen anything for Libya once. Or that it’s a trending topic on twitter, yet Libya hasn’t even made the top ten. I had to tell my parents what was going on. My parents, who are supposed to be the ones to tell me this stuff. The news was on while we were eating dinner. They mentioned Libya, but guess what they were actually talking about. Gas prices. They neglected to mention the fact that protesters were being bombed by their own government. The 'Topless Tuesday’ gif (warning: gore) is so absolutely disgusting that I can’t even comprehend why someone would do such a thing. I can’t even form words to let you know how repulsed I am that someone would do this. I just can’t.
I’ve been watching/listening to the Al Jazeera English Live Stream for about an hour now, and I’ve just heard this quote from a Libyan woman. "The world is hearing about this, but no one is doing anything.“ I want her, and people like her, that think no one is doing anything to know that we are trying. We all need to at least try. We need to let people know, raise awareness, as a lot of us have been. If this was happening in your country, wouldn’t you want people to know?
whether it’s reblogging posts, donating money, signing petitions, or simply informing yourself enough to pass on the information to those who don’t watch the news, who don’t listen to the radio, who don’t read newspapers. we have never been needed more than we are needed today. this isn’t a matter that can be brushed off. it isn’t an issue that we can ignore and decide isn’t our responsibility. there are people out there willing to give their lives for the freedom of their country and their people, why can’t we manage to give one reblog? one euro? one signature? one or two or three or however many days it takes to ensure the end of this mass denial of basic human rights. i’m outraged at every single thing i’m hearing, it’s almost surreal that in this day and age the likes of what is happening in libya is actually taking place. there are millions of inspirational, brave people fighting for their freedom in libya. i cannot stress how much they need our help. if even one more person is informed of what is going on then we’ve done what tiny job has been designated to us.
we might not be the people of libya, but we are the people of the world and it is our right as people with the power of a medium through which to speak that we let ourselves and the libyans be heard.
1. A poster on the oldest, and only remaining legal, demonstration in front of the White House
2. One of the glass walls inside the Holocaust Museum with names of the victims inscribed on it
3. Selfie at the Iwo Jima Memorial
4. Pano of one of the rooms inside the Capitol
5. Pano of the Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery
6. Selfie in front of the White House (im in the background wearing white)
7. Group picture in front of the currently-being-renovated Capitol building (Im bottom left in the front row)
8. One of the first sites I saw as soon as I hopped off the bus. I smiled :)
9. Sunset at the Jefferson Memorial
10. Soviet space suit on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum