Strings Are Stronger than Guns

Masoud Bwisri has become a star in Libya since the start of the revolution last year. As the protests turned into a fight for freedom, Bwisri marched on the front lines with his guitar side by side with machine guns and rocket launchers. A year after the start of this revolution, fears of what the future holds are in the forefront of public concern. Bwisri believes that the revolution has brought guns instead of peace as militias have not turned over their guns and in many cases have more control than the National Transition Council (NTC). “Music brings peace. Machine guns cannot bring peace. Strings, for me,” said Bwisri, “are stronger than guns.”

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Broken Through: A New Flag for Libya

In celebration of the overthrow of Gaddafi’s long and tightly held grip on the people of Libya, artist Robbie Douglas created a new piece he calls “Broken Through.” A sequel to his previous work, “Breaking Through,” this rendition sees the iconic green flag torn completely through, revealing the new red, black and green flag. Robbie says the people of the country have now “escaped the control of the old regime and are now outside of it, tearing it down.”

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Dropped Over Libya: NATO’s Anti-Gaddafi Leaflets

According to Al Jazeera, NATO has been dropping leaflets in the area of Tripoli designed to dissuade pro-Gaddafi soldiers from fighting for the indicted leader. Each leaflet has an image and message on the front and a longer text based message on the back, designed to inform both nationals and foreign fighters of war crimes by Gaddafi and the powerlessness of his government. What do you think: do these flyers send the right message?

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Focus: Where is Mass Media Taking Our Attention?

From the multiple conflicts in northern Africa, the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, ongoing economic problems in the US and more… it seems strange that the media would give so much attention to the situation with Andrew Weiner. In his newest contribution to Visual News, Robbie Douglas created a piece centering on this issue and it’s alternate options, stating: “I wanted to address the focus that’s been on him and his questionable but legal behavior rather than on more important matters.” We couldn’t agree more.

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Music And Mass Revolution In Libya

In times of great turmoil musicians find inspiration in the moment and attempt to capture the state of political unrest and put the revolution to music and art. In Libya, there’s no exception. MC Swat, 23, is a lyricist who’s been writing blistering lyrics against the Gaddafi regime since the uprising began in February.

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In Remembrance: Photojournalists Killed in Libya

The photography and film world sadly lost two of their own on Wednesday. Oscar-nominated war-film director Tim Hetherington and second-prize winning photojournalist Chris Hondros both lost their lives while covering a battle between Libyan government forces and rebel fighters in the city of Misrata.

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Protesting Graffiti Artist Killed in Libya

Kais al-Hilali was an artist who lived to fight with his brushes and paints, eschewing Libya’s weapons and bloodshed in favor of the satirical anti-Gaddafi graffiti and caricatures that he daubed across Benghazi’s walls. Here we recount the tragic loss of this brave artist:

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Interactive Journalism: Putting You In The War

Since the dawn of photojournalism in the mid 19th century and then with the advent of video journalism, observers have been confined to viewing the single perspective originally captured by the photographer. Enter Condition One, an immersive, interactive way to capture and replay journalism footage. The days of one viewpoint are numbered.

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Breaking Through: The Struggle in Libya

Here is the newest piece by artist Robbie Douglas. Titled “Breaking Through,” it represents the green Libyan flag with its citizens breaking through. An all seeing eye peers out from behind the curtain witnessing and remembering the tumultuousness events in the country. He used hb and 6b pencils, tortillions and colored pencils on Bristol paper. Click the image for a full size view.

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Only A Free Press Can Hurt Them


We just ran across this somewhat prophetic ad campaign from Reporters Without Borders. Produced about a year ago, it features crinkled images of world leaders who use an iron grip on press freedom to lead their nations. The images expose the controlling and distorted messages these leaders exhort, while at the same time symbolically silencing their voice. Gaddafi, infamous dictator of the now tumultuous Libya is featured, as is North Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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