Benghazi at night

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

  1. Chris Chambers-Ju says:

    Hey Ryan,

    This is really interesting. Thanks for posting this. I have a couple questions.

    What exactly is the “identity” around which ordinary Libyans are mobilizing? There has been much ado about “democratic” or “nationalist” revolutions. What are the focal points that allow ordinary Libyans to organize and act collectively? Have Libyans drawn on existing organizations and identities (e.g. religious, ethnic, tribe) or have they constructed new ones? I guess these are just a bunch of questions that pop into my head, that I would ask if I could speak Arabic.

    Also, how has Benghazi reacted to the air strikes by coalition forces? Latin Americans have largely been wary of western intervention. Evo, Chavez, Ortega, and Castro all denounced the attacks. People in Colombia seemed rather ambivalent, but more critical than anything, given Latin America’s history with US military intervention, perhaps not very surprising.

    Anyway, I hope things are well with you. Stay safe and keep up the good work.


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