Libyan Rebellion Hits Mid-Missouri

7 years 2 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, February 22 2011 Feb 22, 2011 Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:24:00 PM CST February 22, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Brice Sander

COLUMBIA - Muammar al-Gaddafi announced today he will not back down and will "die a martyr" before he sees Libya turned over to Libyan rebels. But those rebels are only getting stronger, both in number and influence. Some Libyan rebels are even fighting from more than 5,000 miles away - in Columbia.

Munsif El Buri left Libya more than thirty years ago to escape al-Gaddafi's oppressive regime. While his family stayed behind, El Buri became a voice for the Libyan people abroad, monitoring public forums and contributing to a "Voice of Hope" radio station in London.

"I'm so thankful for technology," El Buri said.

With the escalating insurgence in Libya, El Buri continues to talk to friends and family every day. El Buri collects information from contacts across Libya, compiles the latest news and sends it to his friends across the country. Because the government barred most media from entering Libya, El Buri says this is some times the only news his family gets.

El Buri has been very public about his problems with al-Gaddafi's regime, speaking out against al-Gaddafi multiple times since leaving the country. Because of El Buri's comments, his brother was imprisoned for 14 years. El Buri said his brother died from an illness he contracted in prison soon after being released.

Libya's future is up in the air. While some military have defected, some still support al-Gaddafi. Libya's liberation depends on whether or not al-Gaddafi's military stays supportive, MU political science professor Kate Floros said.

The U.S.'s tense past with Libya could keep the U.S. government from intervening, Floros said. But, because of al-Gaddafi's "unfriendly" reputation, other outside actors could pitch in, Floros said. Floros expects more surrounding countries to follow Tunisia, Egypt and Libya's lead. Floros said the Middle East is ready for democracy.

El Buri hopes Libya's independence comes soon. After three decades away from home, El Buri wants to finally return to Libya this summer. He cannot return to Libya until al-Gaddafi is officially removed because he fears imprisonment or execution.

"Enough is enough," El Buri said. "I don't think the Libyan people will take it anymore."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House panel considering whether to try to impeach Gov. Eric Greitens for sexual misconduct... More >>
37 minutes ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:18:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A jury trial in a wrongful death lawsuit in Carl DeBrodie's death is scheduled to begin March 2,... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:20:00 PM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 1:10 p.m. ... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:12:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield police say an 8-year-old girl who hadn't been seen since early Tuesday has been found... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 8:36:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - In the wake of the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting , the MU Police Department will be... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 7:43:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faces senior European Union lawmakers later Tuesday to answer questions about a... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:22:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department said it found a missing teen around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities said Brice... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 4:41:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia residents will have a chance to learn about - and talk about - climate change Tuesday night.... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, May 22 2018 May 22, 2018 Tuesday, May 22, 2018 3:00:00 AM CDT May 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An on-going rift between two east campus communities has come to a breaking point. Non-resident property owners want... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:29:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who told authorities he was hearing "voices" when he wounded two... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:07:41 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 670 motorcycles poured into the Phillips 66 gas station off I-70 as the "Run for the... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 6:05:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new fire station is in store for east Jefferson City, and the city council will review... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:10:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office announced late Monday that a special prosecutor has been selected in... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Checking the phone constantly, surfing Facebook first thing in the morning or right before bed, playing games like... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:58:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The UM Board of Curators voted Monday to increase tuition by up to 2.1 percent for the 2018-2019... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:44:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Students will leave class early on Tuesday as the 2017-2018 Academic Year comes to a close. The... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:28:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a boating crash that left three dead and two injured... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:20:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has never impeached a governor, but that could change in 2018. Tuesday, the House of Representatives... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
3pm 83°
4pm 84°
5pm 85°
6pm 83°