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"Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Know that God comes between a person and their heart, and that you will be gathered to Him." (Qur’an 8:24).

"Believers, respond to God and His Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life. Know that God comes between a person and their heart, and that you will be gathered to Him." (Qur’an 8:24).

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Translation of Declaration of the Establishment of National Transitional Temporary Council in Libya


The Libyan Republic

Declaration of the Establishment of the
National Transitional Temporary Council

In affirmation of the sovereignty of the Libyan people over the entirety of their territory, land, sea and air; and in response to the demands of the Libyan people, towards the realization of the free will with which they shaped the uprising of February 17th; and in preservation of the Libyan people’s national unity; we resolve to establish a national council named ‘the National Transitional Temporary Council’ to be the only legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Article 1

1. To ensure the safety and peace of citizens and the national territory
2. To coordinate national efforts to liberate the remaining quarters of the nation
3. To coordinate the efforts of local councils working towards the return of civic life
4. To supervise the military council so as to ensure the realization of a new doctrine for the national army towards the defense of the Libyan people and protection of its borders
5. To supervise the election of a founding assembly charged with developing a new constitution for the country to be submitted to public referendum, so that the legitimacy of the constitution is founded on: the will of the people, the triumphant uprising of February 17th, respect for human rights, guarantee of civil liberties, separation of powers, an independent judiciary and the establishment of national institutions that provide for broad and pluralistic participation, the peaceful transition of authority and the right of representation for every segment of Libyan society
6. To form a transitional government to pave the way for free elections
7. To conduct and to steer foreign policy, to organize relations with foreign nations and international and regional organizations, and to represent the Libyan people before them

Article 2
The Council’s Organizational Structure

1. The Council is composed of 30 members, representing all of Libya’s regions and all segments of Libyan society, with youth membership representing no less than 5 members.
2. The Council will select from its members a president, an official spokesperson and coordinators for a variety of domestic and foreign functions.

Article 3
Seat of the Council

The Council’s permanent seat is at the capital, Tripoli, taking Benghazi as its temporary seat until the capital is liberated.

Article 4

It is the responsibility of the Council to set protocols for its regular and emergency meetings and to make decisions in accordance with the interests of the Libyan people, in a manner that does not contradict the people’s demands, the basis of which were declared by the uprising of February 17th: the fall of the Gaddafi regime and the establishment of a civil, constitutional and democratic state.

Article 5

Based on agreement of municipal councils across various liberated areas, the Council selects Mr. Mustafa Abdul Jaleel as the President of the National Transitional Temporary Council and Mr. Abdul Hafid Abdul Qader Ghoga as his Deputy and the Official Spokesperson for the Council.

Long Live a Free and United Libya
Glory to the Martyrs of the February 17th Uprising

Liberated Libya March 2, 2011

February 17th Revolutionaries
(stamped by the Coalition of February 17th)



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Movie Review: War Dance

This is one of the best films I have seen in a very long time, and I am very happy to write my first movie review on it. War Dance is a beautiful and important documentary focusing on three children in Northern Uganda whose lives have been plagued by violence and warfare. Although these children have been through more suffering than most of us can ever imagine, they find solace through the healing powers of music and dance. 

From the moment the movie begins, you are transported to another place - the music that starts the film is beautiful, yet hauntingly sad - much like most of the film. This documentary is set against the backdrop of a primary school in a N. Uganda refugee camp which is training to compete in a national music festival. Three of the school children in particular are focused on: Nancy, Dominic, and Rose. All three of them tell their stories and how the war with the rebels, aka the Lord’s Resistance Army, has devastated their lives. But their souls cannot be broken. Through their tribal music and dance, they are free. As Rose says, “Music is the most important part of Acholi culture. Not even war can take it away.” 

The children really carry this movie - they make you cry, make you laugh, make you love, and make you hate. You see the children carry an unbearable load of suffering and sadness - yet as soon as one of them smiles, you feel the entire screen light up. This movie is very powerful and heavy. Many themes come to mind when thinking of this movie: power, sacrifice, hope, fear, music, and the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. There are many heart-breaking scenes, but one that stuck with me was as Nancy and the other students were getting ready to go to the city to perform she says, “I cannot wait to see what peace is like.”

Without giving too much away, the film is about hope and the ability of these children to continue to be positive in the face of absolute destruction. A very well-done film that opens one’s eyes and one’s heart to the potential of the human spirit. It is an absolute must see. You will be better for it.

Rating: very emphatic Stars.