On the evening of March 17th, the U.N. voted to enact a no-fly zone in Libya. I watched as Libyan friends and neighbors breathed a sigh of relief and let themselves take a moment of cautious celebration. Yet there have been a lot of questions about what this all means.
Fighting in Libya has intensified recently. With Gaddafi’s forces taking Brega, an Al Jazeera cameraman killed, France recognizing the opposition leaders as the legitimate Libyan government, and the Arab League’s request to impose a no-fly zone, there are loose strings flailing off in every direction.
Right now Libya is under a total media blackout. This is somewhat unprecedented in the recent uprisings we’ve seen in North Africa. While coverage in Tunisia was slight thanks to people’s lack of understanding, those with vested interest could still find videos and updates.
Over the years, as a student, I’ve sold cookies, candy, coffee cake and gift wrap for various schools and organizations. I was a bit too old for the cookie dough and pizza kit fad that was all the rage at the turn of the century, thank goodness, because I think they’d be a bitch to […]