libya

What Does This Saharan Oasis Remind You Of?

It’s undeniable that this satellite image of the Al Jawf oasis in southeastern Libya is incredibly striking, with large irrigated plots standing out in contrast to their barren surroundings. But, a little like staring at clouds, their layout is enough to get your imagination running wild.


The Real-Life Libyan Ocean's Eleven

The treasure was kept mostly in two wooden chests and locked away in a bank vault: thousands of coins, jewellery and figurines, some around 2600 years old. For decades it sat in the bank, unattended despite the historical and monetary value. Then, as a popular uprising erupted around the downtown bank last winter, someone entered the vault and made off with the trove.


WikiLeaks Uncovers Global Network Of Surveillance Companies For Hire

If you’re a wealthy, militant despot of a nation and your sovereignty is slipping away, WikiLeaks has discovered that you can attempt to prevent an uprising by hiring a network of spies who operate in the private sector and will keep tabs on citizens who threaten your reign.


Fake-But-Not-Fake iPhones And Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn’t worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.


France Sold Gaddafi An Electronics-Blasting Stealth Mercedes SUV

What do you buy when you’re an incredible rich, incredible paranoid, oppressive dictator? No, not Scud missiles — you already have those! How about a luxury truck that can’t be tracked and scrambles everything around it? Bien sur!


Tripoli Was Brought Down By A Caterer With Flash Drives

In reporting on the Fall of Tripoli, Reuters tells the inside story of Abdel Majid Mlegta, a caterer who supplied the victuals for Gaddafi’s regime. Putting key inside information on a series of memory sticks, this man was instrumental in bringing Gaddafi down.


International Tech Companies Helped Gaddafi Spy On Libyans

Muammar Gaddafi was a desperate man even before the civil war, and it shows more since the recent fall of Tripoli. the Wall Street Journal reports that Gaddafi had the Libyan people systematically spied upon online for years. And international tech companies helped.


Shutting Down The Internet Only Accelerates Revolutions

Though many of the Middle Eastern revolutions have come and gone, the prevailing reasons behind them are still under much debate. The conflict largely hinges on whether or not social media can create action. According to one theory, it can actually stop it.


The Tech That Took Out Gaddafi

With rebel forces in Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there’s always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency.


Inside Gaddafi's Secret Underground Labyrinth

Oh, Gaddafi, you eccentric old creeper. Of course you have a gigantic network of tunnels under Tripoli so you can sneak around and do dastardly shit. Yeah, well, all your tunnel are belong to rebels.


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