The Atlantic:

Rebel Discovers Qaddafi Passport, Real Spelling of Leader’s Name

As Libyans flood Muammar Qaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya military compound in Tripoli, they’re making a number of interesting finds. Most recent is what appears to be the diplomatic passport of eldest son Mohammed Qaddafi. Video of someone leafing through the passport [above] reveals an interesting discovery: the spelling of Qaddafi’s name. A much-circulated 2009 ABCNews.com story found 112 different ways to render the Libyan leader’s last name in the Latin alphabet, used in English and most other Western European languages. But, according to this passport, and presumably the Libyan man himself, the accurate Latinized spelling is one of the least commonly used of those 112: Gathafi. (The passport also shows Mohammed’s title as “Son of the Leader of the Revolution,” a reference to his father’s preferred title as head of state.)

The proper spelling of the Libyan leader’s name has long been a source of banter and argument among Western journalists and editors. Debates over the most accurate spelling of his name are so common that they were once featured in an episode of the TV series The West Wing. Some hobbyist linguists have even parsed the multiple spellings into computer code and a handy chart.

washingtonpoststyle:

Rebels have breached Gaddafi’s compound and mounted the Fist Crushing U.S. Fighter Plane monument. Image from Al Jazeera English. The latest is here.

washingtonpoststyle:

Rebels have breached Gaddafi’s compound and mounted the Fist Crushing U.S. Fighter Plane monument. Image from Al Jazeera English. The latest is here.

shortformblog:

Face. Palm. This is almost as bad as Fox News calling Iraq Egypt, except worse because they actually did this while major news was happening.

shortformblog:

Face. Palm. This is almost as bad as Fox News calling Iraq Egypt, except worse because they actually did this while major news was happening.

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Libyan Uprising: The Road to Tripoli, August 14
I’m currently fascinated and, honestly, frightened by Muammar Gaddafi’s speech to Libya right now, which has been going on for more than hour.
He’s essentially promising to shoot any people that protest his regime in order to maintain his position. He blames everything that’s happening in Libya on Israel, the United States and other foreign entities.
Al-Jazeera is picking and choosing what it wants to translate, leaving out the most inflammatory statements, specifically what I mention in the previous paragraph.
For background on Libya, read this from Mother Jones.
For what the United States and other nations can/should do, read this from Foreign Policy’s Marc Lynch.
For more options, read this from POMED.

I’m currently fascinated and, honestly, frightened by Muammar Gaddafi’s speech to Libya right now, which has been going on for more than hour.

He’s essentially promising to shoot any people that protest his regime in order to maintain his position. He blames everything that’s happening in Libya on Israel, the United States and other foreign entities.

Al-Jazeera is picking and choosing what it wants to translate, leaving out the most inflammatory statements, specifically what I mention in the previous paragraph.

For background on Libya, read this from Mother Jones.

For what the United States and other nations can/should do, read this from Foreign Policy’s Marc Lynch.

For more options, read this from POMED.


A protester carries a picture of outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a Lebanese flag in Sidon January 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

A protester carries a picture of outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a Lebanese flag in Sidon January 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)