Sunday, 17 April 2011

Fortress in ruins

On a Norfolk beach, a fortress made of shellfish, found in ruins of coastal defences built during the Second World War.

At The Arabist, This is/was Misurata, the ruins of Misrata today, video of life in Misratah during Ramadan 2010.

More video of the destruction of Misrata from YouTube user Hamzaz.

Comment at ModernityBlog, Break the siege of Misrata.

For news and links on Libya, follow,, and EA World View.

Recalling another siege, earlier this month at Café Turco, 6 of April: Remembering war in Sarajevo. An excerpt:
This week two historical dates were commemorated in Sarajevo: the day of the liberation of the city in the Second World War and the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, in 1992.
The commemoration of both wars was simultaneous not only because of the coincidence of dates, but also because of the coincidence of places: both the memorial park of Vraca and the Jewish Cemetery were used as launching pads from which the Serb forces targeted the city. The connection between both wars is also made through the invocation of anti-fascism. Such approach, while establishing a connection between both wars, also allows to identify the nature of the recent war as a new episode of the confrontation between fascism and anti-fascism, and thus ‘de-ethnicise it’. But such connection is far from being consensual, and reflects the ideological divide existent in Bosnian society. Not everyone views the communist regime only through the perspective of an heroic anti-fascist struggle. Thus not everyone who went to the Mezarija in Kovaci went also to the Vijecna Vatra, and only people affiliated with SDP, the social democratic party, went to Tito and Valter’s statues.
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From last month, BBC Radio 4's series The Reunion on UNHCR Bosnia.

The guests are Tony Land, Chief of Operations for the UN refugee agency for much of the war; Larry Hollingworth, a logistics officer with UNHCR; Amira Sadicovic, worked as UNHCR's external relations officer; Kris Janowski, field-worker, Paddy Ashdown, and Misha Glenny.

At, Spomenik, Tito’s modernist monuments to the partisans of the Second World War, falling into ruin, via Lyb Solutions.


Patrick Porter said...

Hey Kellie,

great blog site. I was wondering whether you'd like to keep chatting/debating/kicking around this Libya intervention issue.

While I don't think we'll agree, your counter-points are making me think a bit! In particular, what the threshold for intervention should be, even if we did know in advance what would happen in Benghazi.

If so, and i mean this politely and genuinely, I'd love to hear from you. My email details can be found here:

Patrick Porter

kellie said...

Thanks Peter, I'll come back to it in a bit, after sunset probably!