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<br><b><br><br>Libya, 1984 <br></b><br><br>Ahuman rights team has found a huge archive of footage and images detailing Muammar Gaddafi's brutal reign over Libya. There are hundreds of photos and videos, including the chilling one from the year 1984. This video documents the infamous showtrial and public hanging of a young Libyan student named Sadiq Hamed Shwehdi who was accused of 'terrorist activities'. The trial takes place in a basketball stadium in Benghazi and thousands of students are herded in to watch. The children don't know what they are there for and lustily yell revolutionary slogans. Then the proceedings begin, and the young, unshaven student is made to make his 'confession' in public. "I went to America to study engineering and joined the stray dogs there, " he says. He trembles with fear. Uniformed cheerleaders positioned in the crowd incite the children to shout louder. The jury announces that the young man is a traitor and must be hanged. He is hanged in public and the hanging is telecast live on national television. Libyans who lived through this terrible moment will never forget that image. His brother has now handed over the video for it to be made public. The video is available on The Guardian website and should be watched by as many people as possible as a reminder of the inhuman and arrogant abuse of political power in our time.

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Libya, 1984


Ahuman rights team has found a huge archive of footage and images detailing Muammar Gaddafi's brutal reign over Libya. There are hundreds of photos and videos, including the chilling one from the year 1984. This video documents the infamous showtrial and public hanging of a young Libyan student named Sadiq Hamed Shwehdi who was accused of 'terrorist activities'. The trial takes place in a basketball stadium in Benghazi and thousands of students are herded in to watch. The children don't know what they are there for and lustily yell revolutionary slogans. Then the proceedings begin, and the young, unshaven student is made to make his 'confession' in public. "I went to America to study engineering and joined the stray dogs there, " he says. He trembles with fear. Uniformed cheerleaders positioned in the crowd incite the children to shout louder. The jury announces that the young man is a traitor and must be hanged. He is hanged in public and the hanging is telecast live on national television. Libyans who lived through this terrible moment will never forget that image. His brother has now handed over the video for it to be made public. The video is available on The Guardian website and should be watched by as many people as possible as a reminder of the inhuman and arrogant abuse of political power in our time.

<br><b><br><br>Pynchon on ebook <br></b><br><br>Just before he died the great science writer Ray Bradbury finally caved in. For years he had held out against the ebook, famously saying that it "smelled like burnt fuel" and that "the internet is a big distraction". But he finally relented and allowed his most famous novel, Fahrenheit 451, to be published as an ebook last November. He added a lovely clause - that it should be made freely available to every library. Now, another great novelist, the reclusive Thomas Pynchon, has succumbed and allowed his entire backlist to be made available on ebook format. His fans can now read his acclaimed novels including the National Book award-winning Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49 and Against the Day on their Nooks and Kindles. Penguin said the author was motivated by a desire to attract more fans. The irony is that an author like Jonathan Franzen who has ranted and railed against the ebook seems to have no problem about his tomes being available in this evil form.

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Pynchon on ebook


Just before he died the great science writer Ray Bradbury finally caved in. For years he had held out against the ebook, famously saying that it "smelled like burnt fuel" and that "the internet is a big distraction". But he finally relented and allowed his most famous novel, Fahrenheit 451, to be published as an ebook last November. He added a lovely clause - that it should be made freely available to every library. Now, another great novelist, the reclusive Thomas Pynchon, has succumbed and allowed his entire backlist to be made available on ebook format. His fans can now read his acclaimed novels including the National Book award-winning Gravity's Rainbow, The Crying of Lot 49 and Against the Day on their Nooks and Kindles. Penguin said the author was motivated by a desire to attract more fans. The irony is that an author like Jonathan Franzen who has ranted and railed against the ebook seems to have no problem about his tomes being available in this evil form.

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