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Nour Abuagila, a Libyan student at the University of Wyoming, mans a table at the student union in response to Tuesday’s attacks in Libya. The table featured pictures of people in Libya holding signs rebuking the violence.
He said, “We want people to know that this is not Libyans. There’s six of us Libyans students here today. We talked to our families back home. They said, ‘It is not all Libyans. Libyans are crying.’ It is the extremists. We do not want Americans to think this is all Libyans, that it is all Muslims. It is not. We are grateful for support against extremists.”
His sign:

Image text: [On behalf of Libyan students we Apologize and condemn in strongest terms the criminal and terrible action that happened recently in Libya. These militant islamist groups do not represent Libyans. Please remember there were Libyans who fought against the extremists. We Will never forget US supports.]
I’m not sure how to feel about this other than somewhat sad. Are we really at the point where Libyans both in Libya and the U.S. feel the need to clarify this point?
Or have we never left that point?
Look at Muslims being continuously asked to apologize for extremists in their faith. Are Christians asked to apologize for every Christian terrorist or act of violence committed by Christians? No. If the question is ever broached, the response is, “Well, they’re not true Christians, so…”
To my fellow Americans: If that above holds true, then Al-Qaeda and the attackers in Libya and Egypt are not true Muslims. Fair? Otherwise, white Christians have some serious tabling to do at UW on behalf of the violence inflicted on American Indians. 

Nour Abuagila, a Libyan student at the University of Wyoming, mans a table at the student union in response to Tuesday’s attacks in Libya. The table featured pictures of people in Libya holding signs rebuking the violence.

He said, “We want people to know that this is not Libyans. There’s six of us Libyans students here today. We talked to our families back home. They said, ‘It is not all Libyans. Libyans are crying.’ It is the extremists. We do not want Americans to think this is all Libyans, that it is all Muslims. It is not. We are grateful for support against extremists.”

His sign:

Image text: [On behalf of Libyan students we Apologize and condemn in strongest terms the criminal and terrible action that happened recently in Libya. These militant islamist groups do not represent Libyans. Please remember there were Libyans who fought against the extremists. We Will never forget US supports.]

I’m not sure how to feel about this other than somewhat sad. Are we really at the point where Libyans both in Libya and the U.S. feel the need to clarify this point?

Or have we never left that point?

Look at Muslims being continuously asked to apologize for extremists in their faith. Are Christians asked to apologize for every Christian terrorist or act of violence committed by Christians? No. If the question is ever broached, the response is, “Well, they’re not true Christians, so…”

To my fellow Americans: If that above holds true, then Al-Qaeda and the attackers in Libya and Egypt are not true Muslims. Fair? Otherwise, white Christians have some serious tabling to do at UW on behalf of the violence inflicted on American Indians. 

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The Lost Soul Of Mitt Romney

Rick Unger writes on Forbes:

While the Romney campaign chose to turn yesterday’s events in Cairo and Benghazi into a political opportunity by criticizing the Obama Administration for a statement issued by our embassy in Cairo earlier in the day (more on that in a moment), a check of Twitter and other communications sources reveals that, as of the time of publication of this piece, Governor Romney has not yet seen fit to so much as express his condolences to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives in service to their country. Now, if I’ve somehow missed Romney’s issuance of condolences, I’m sure that there are many readers who will gladly point this out. I, in turn, will be more than willing to correct the record if this is the case—however a close search of all sources reveals that no such statement has been forthcoming from the Romney camp.

The Romney condemnation—issued prior to official confirmation of Ambassador Steven’s death—stated, “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

These words were uttered at the time when the families of our fellow countrymen were being notified of the terrible fate that had befallen their loved ones.

Is this really how leadership works?

A leader waits until all the facts are available and the impact of one’s words can be more fully assessed…

It’s amazing to watch this fall apart for Romney. Usually, he waits for the GOP to make some kind of cohesive statement with which he can fall in line. No such waiting here — Romney leapt forward, ahead of the facts, and flat onto his face. Meanwhile, everyone’s favorite snowbilly troll, Sarah Palin, found time to work a dick joke into her statement on Facebook. Unfortunately, with her busy schedule, there was not enough time to give condolences.

Keep it classy, Sarah.

What happened in Libya and Egypt is terrible. Violence against anyone — American or not — is horrific, and it is heartbreaking that those killed were attempting to broker peace. Note to Romney and Palin: We still don’t know all the facts.

I offer my condolences to those affected by these attacks. Further, I hope the families of those killed can be spared further sneers from Romney and jokes about the president’s supposed lack of a “big stick.”

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House Deals Obama Symbolic Blow With Libya Votes

The House of Representatives dealt a symbolic blow to President Obama on Friday by resoundingly failing to approve a bill authorizing the contentious military operations in Libya. But the House stopped short of a total desertion of a war-time president by also rejecting a measure to limit financing to support the military operations there.

The resolution to support the mission, which was based on a Senate measure introduced Tuesday by Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and John McCain, Republican of Arizona, failed 295 to 123, with 70 Democrats joining Republicans on an issue that has divided Democrats and became a major Constitutional flash point between Congress and The White House.

A second measure, which would have prohibited money for military operations outside of support activities like search and rescue, aerial refueling, operational planning, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance — essentially ending direct American combat activity like missile strikes — failed 180 to 238. The message – a bipartisan muddle – reflected both a nation weary of wars across party and geographic lines, and a Congress that dislikes having its powers usurped by the executive branch.

Over the last few months, there has been increasing hostility toward the Obama administration in the House among both Democrats who oppose the war and many Republicans who cite Constitutional issues over the president’s refusal to seek authorization from Congress for the operations in Libya. They say such authorization is required by the 1973 War Powers Resolution.

So, the Republicans are oddly half-dovish here. Where the fuck was this instinct back in the day with Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. hmmm? Is it because it’s Obama or because they are truly against another war? Fun fact: The House hasn’t voted against a military operation since 1999, or overruled a president’s authority since Bill Clinton during the Bosnian war.

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Mohammad Nabbous, face of citizen journalism in Libya, is killed

A hero.

The death has been announced of Mohammad Nabbous, described as the “face of citizen journalism in Libya”.

Nabbous was apparently shot dead by Gaddafi forces in Benghazi on Saturday.

Known as “Mo”, Nabbous set up Libya al-Hurra TV, which broadcast raw feeds and commentary from Benghazi, on Livestream.

Andy Carvin, social media strategist at NPR, said on Twitter: “Mohammad Nabbous was my primary contact in Libya, and the face of Libyan citizen journalism. And now he’s dead, killed in a firefight.”

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Libya is now the target of “Operation Odyssey Dawn” Pentagon: US currently in charge of the mission; expect to transition to coalition partner “in the coming days.” 

It’s the eighth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and we’ve begun bombing another oil-rich country. Could we have continued to turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses as Gadhafi continued to slaughter his people wholesale? The US supported him until the horrifying scope of his regime hit the media. 

How long will it take? How much more can our military do around the world as we’re already past our breaking point.

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This week, a Mother Jones editor named Adam Weinstein got into a Twitter tête à tête with an Indiana lawyer who called on riot police in Madison to use “live ammunition” to clear protesters out of the state Capitol.
It turned out that lawyer, Jeff Cox, is a deputy attorney general in the state. And — perhaps unsurprisingly — he’s left a long online trail of controversial statements and diktats.
"[A]gainst thugs physically threatening legally-elected state legislators & governor?" he tweeted back at Weinstein. "You’re damn right I advocate deadly force."

Jesus fucking Christ. This isn’t Libya, son. Stop taking lessons from an insane genocidal dictator. And step the fuck down.

This week, a Mother Jones editor named Adam Weinstein got into a Twitter tête à tête with an Indiana lawyer who called on riot police in Madison to use “live ammunition” to clear protesters out of the state Capitol.

It turned out that lawyer, Jeff Cox, is a deputy attorney general in the state. And — perhaps unsurprisingly — he’s left a long online trail of controversial statements and diktats.

"[A]gainst thugs physically threatening legally-elected state legislators & governor?" he tweeted back at Weinstein. "You’re damn right I advocate deadly force."

Jesus fucking Christ. This isn’t Libya, son. Stop taking lessons from an insane genocidal dictator. And step the fuck down.

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A dictator cannot be allowed to shun the foreign press, and to shut off his country, and kill his people, and not have anybody not know their names and the struggles they are undergoing… The world should know what’s happening.

Anderson Cooper on Libya (via lifeaficionada)

Everyone making fun of people reblogging information about Libya, Bahrain & Yemen, please see the above, and then feel free to shut the fuck up if you have nothing to contribute.

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People are making fun of this? Sit down.
Preach it Anderson

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The whole world is watching.

(Source: CNN, via bubonickitten)

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