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August 22nd, 2011

TRIPOLI, LIBYA – Rebel forces took control of the capital, further challenging Col. Muammar el-Gaddafi’s four-decade hold on the country.

  • Rebels arrested two of Gaddafi’s sons on Monday. Gaddafi’s whereabouts remain unknown.
  • Citizens demanding Gaddafi’s exit gathered at Green Square in Tripoli and took to the streets of Benghazi in celebration of their advancement in the fight.
  • Heavy clashes between rebels and pro-Gaddafi supporters continue throughout Libya.
  • Protests first erupted in Libya in mid-February when Gaddafi loyalists and troops attacked peaceful demonstrators. Many Libyans were inspired by the revolts for democracy in Egypt and Tunisia, and called for Gaddafi’s removal from power.

Original sources: AP; AFP; Reuters; NPR; CNN; Al Jazeera; BBC; CBS News; The Guardian; The New York Times; The Telegraph; Le Monde; Los Angeles Times; Xinhua; The Washington Post; Jerusalem Post; The Times of India.

 

Analysts available for comment:

 

Abdallah Schleifer, Ph.D. is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the American University in Cairo. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has praised Professor Schleifer as “a great bridge-builder between cultures”, saying “we Middle East correspondents are something of a fraternity and Abdallah has always been a credit to our little club. He is intensely independent, honest, and a wonderful explainer about both Islam and the Arab world.”

CONTACT: abdallah.schleifer@theglobalexperts.org

Location: Middle East

Language: English

Hani Shukrallah is the founding editor of Ahram Online, the Cairo-based English-language news portal, and the executive director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism. He has written and published widely on politics and current events for numerous publications, including Al-Ahram Weekly, the Guardian, and Al-Hayat.

CONTACT: hanishukrallah@gmail.com

Telephone: (+2) 012 790 9153

Location: Middle East

Language: English; Arabic

Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D. is an associate professor of democracy research and public governance at the University of Zurich. He has also been an assistant professor of Swiss politics at the University of Zurich, visiting professor at the University of Lausanne, visiting research fellow at the University of New South Wales and a lecturer for social policy and social planning at University of Applied Science in Basle, Switzerland.

CONTACT: daniel.kuebler@ipz.uzh.ch

Location: West Europe

Languages: English; German; French; Italian

 

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate. Formerly a member of The Washington Post editorial board, she has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of The Spectator magazine in London, as the Political Editor of The Evening Standard, and as a columnist at several British newspapers, including The Daily Telegraph.

CONTACT: anne.applebaum@theglobalexperts.org

Location: East Europe

Language: English; Russian

Dalia Mogahed is senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and leads the analysis of Gallup’s unprecedented survey representing the views and opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide, including Muslims in the West.

CONTACT: dalia.mogahed@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Languages: English; Arabic

Lucas Welch is the founder and president of Soliya, a non-profit organization that seeks to use new media technologies to develop a global network of young adults who will be empowered to bridge the divide between the worlds of the ‘West’ and ‘Islam.’ Welch has also held active roles at universities in the U.S. and in the Middle East. He conducted research at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

CONTACT: lucas.welch@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

Alex Vatanka is the U.S. based IHS Jane’s Middle East Senior Analyst. Vatanka specializes on the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. He is a specialist on Iran, the GCC states, Middle East regional affairs, and U.S. policy on Middle East.

CONTACT: alex.vatanka@theglobalexperts.org

Location: North America

Language: English

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