Monday, February 21, 2011

Understanding Libya in 2 minutes, 43 seconds

Many Arab nations are more tribal than others ... but as we learned real fast in Iraq; even those you though were secular, once things get sketchy - they revert to form. Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan top the list methinks, but not my specialty.

The leader of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya threatened on Sunday to cut oil exports to Western countries within 24 hours unless authorities stop what he called the "oppression of protesters".

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Shaikh Faraj al Zuway said: "We will stop oil exports to Western countries within 24 hours" if the violence did not stop.

The tribe lives south of Benghazi, which has seen the worst of the deadly violence in recent days.

Akram Al-Warfalli, a leading figure in the Al Warfalla tribe, one of Libya's biggest, told the channel: "We tell the brother (Gaddafi), well he's no longer a brother, we tell him to leave the country."

The tribe live south of the capital Tripoli.
As we discussed as things shifted from Tunisia to Egypt a few weeks ago - we are in a new age in the Middle East. Don't know where we will wind up, but it won't be where we started.

don't get it.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Sayf al-Islam, has warned of civil war in the country.

He said that the government would "fight to the last bullet" to stay in office.
Sayf - you just may get your wish.

What do you think - $10 gasoline by June?

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