Benghazi

  • Hanging Out with the Rebels Who Have Seized Control of Libya's Oil Fields

    My driver was the personal chauffeur of the leader of Libya’s federalist rebels, Ibrahim al-Jathran. As a reward for his good work in the uprising against Gaddafi, Jathran was put in charge of protecting the country's oil facilities. Instead of...

  • Hanging Out in Benghazi's Makeshift Arms Market

    As you walk through Souk Ashia in Benghazi’s El Fonduc district, the transition from flea market to arms fair is gradual. First come small pistols, then shotguns, then the pure-blooded weapons of war.

  • Libya Is Getting Better and Better for Teenage Arms Dealers

    Clashes have broken out in Libya between militias as they clamor for power. A metaphor for Libya's infatuation with violence can be found in the changing of the wares for sale on Tripoli's Al Rashid Street. Innocuous fireworks have been replaced by...

  • Movie Madness

    An amateurish film produced by a 52-year old Israeli-American overtly ridicules Mohammad, depicts him as a woman-hating, overzealous pedophile, a fraud, a womanizer and a madman, and shows him having sex and calling for massacres.

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