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All remaining diplomats at the Libyan embassy in London have been asked to leave the country in three days. At a press conference in Tripoli, Khaled Kaim, Gaddafi’s deputy foreign minister, has condemned the decision to recognize the NTC as “irresponsible, illegal and in violation of British and international laws.” 32 nations, including the US and the UK, have now recognized the NTC as Libya’s legitimate authority. Russia is one country that has yet to do so; it has criticized the recognition of the NTC as a “policy of isolation” in which nations are taking sides in a civil war and thereby overstepping the United Nations mandate of protecting civilians.

Reporting from Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city that is a rebel stronghold, Al Jazeera‘s Anita McNaught said that the NTC has been running low on cash and that the funds could go towards repairing an oil pipeline to one of the east’s largest oil fields in Soriya. Concerns have been raised about the funds being used for weapons; arms sales of any type are banned under UN sanctions. However, a “source close to the NTC ” has said there is no way to assure the funds may not be used for weapons, which rebel commanders say they are in short supply of. Some soldiers share one weapon between them and vans and pickup trucks are still a key means of transport for rebel soldiers.

Al Jazeera also reports that a rebel offensive in the Nafusa mountains against forces loyal to is the largest yet. Rebel fighters have launched attacks on several towns controlled by the Libyan government with four rebel fights killed and 18 loyalist troops captured. The Guardian notes that “aim is to open up a supply route from Ghezai near the Tunisia border to al-Jawash.” Gaddafi’s forces appear to have launched a counter-offensive and fierce fighting continues.

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1:42PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Noted with interest and compassion.

12:49AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Hi Beth M if you studied the writings of ancient Egypt before the time of the Hykos who invented themselves as hebrews and created religions as a means of control. The women had equality in all matters in fact the men looked upon them as very special especially in their role of goddesses and ensuring the children grew up to be worthy men and women in society. today women give this responsibility to strangers called teachers and day care operators. so when someone else is thinking for you in the care of your children then it stands to reason that the problems in our society began when women allowed themselves to stop thinking for themselves and their children and gave up their position as goddesses and turned to fictional gods and media information.

11:56PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Sure, as long as their is dirty work get the women now. If there is glory or men get the men.

11:10AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Once we women get going, nothing will stop us. The women of the world need to stand together to achieve gender equality.

7:46AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

I very much agree with Carrolyn B. Also here in Italy womwn had a lt of opportunities during and after last war. But I expect that, as soon as storm is at an end, things, for women, will unfotunatly go back to normal way of life. There's still so much to do about womwn conditions... and not only in Asia or Africa.

6:28AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Women had done relatively well in Libya under Gaddafi but within the framework of Arabic and Islamic values. In 1960, women were granted the right to vote and hold political office. In 1970 Libyan women formed the Womens General Union and in the same year, Libya ghranted equal pay for equal work to women. 1980s saw women conscripted with men into military training.

Two issues here-its really hard to put a positive spin on war and its carnage, but thanks Chew for trying and secondly, people who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. Worried about women and Islamic values? How about gays in your own country and Christian values? Or the courts striking down the Walmart workers suite for equal pay? The list in endless. FIx your own country before you go running off to fix others.

4:51AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Not so long ago my grandmothers here in the united states were similarly helped by war - WW2 gave them opportunities for work experience and the social respect that seems to go with that in our human nature. Our culture simply could not afford all of it's pet delusions about women at that time - we could not afford to keep pretending that women were weak and incompetent when there was no one else to run the factories. It's a bizarre thought, that war has unintended positive social consequences. Maybe some new geniuses in the young generation will figure out how to maximize these positives.

4:04AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Its sad to see that we are unable to see what is holding humanity back on issues such as this one. I believe that we have done it to ourselves by thinking that we are all separate from each other instead of waking up to the fact that we are all one regardless of race sex or creed.

So lets just talk about human rights instead of creating side issues called women's rights gay rights black rights, civil rights and then to add insult to injury we spend an inordinate amount of time and money on animal rights. Once we all come together as one under human rights all the other problems just automatically disappear.

So i challenge Care2 to get the ball rolling by removing all references to segregated rights and only have one banner called human rights as when we all work together then the world will be a better place and this will never be achieved while we segregate under different banners.

11:55PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Young women like these medical students who have jumped in to help, learned "by the seat of their pants" under fire, and cared for patients, along with Kymberly Wimberly, the Arkansas highschool graduate denied the right to be the class valedictorian, that truly inspire me and give me hope for the future!

Helen Reddy said it best "I am woman, hear me roar!"

2:10PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Inspirational - often small changes are the catalyst needed

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