Rebel Art: Libyan Youth Find Outlet In Sketches, Song

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“Making Fun of Qaddafi – The rebels may not be winning but they’re successfully mocking Libya’s leader — Uncle Curly — with flair. A look at the graffiti of the Libyan revolution” from

Podcast at NPR: “Young people are heavily involved in the uprising now under way in Libya: They are members of the rebel military; they are working to help form a new government; they are also producing revolutionary artwork, publications and music.

On any given day, you can find at least a few of Benghazi’s young and restless in a large, empty cement lot off one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

In the late afternoon, young men gather to see just how much tire rubber they can burn. Fishtailing Toyotas leave a smear of swirling, smoking, sticky blackness on the pavement. From a hotel room high above, the streaks appear like some kind of postmodern design.

About a mile away, just off Revolution Square, more substantive creations are taking shape. This is the Media Center for the 17th of February Revolution — a dingy, dog-eared building bustling day and night with frenetic 20- and 30-somethings trying to process what’s going on in Libya.

On the second floor, a cottage industry of sorts has developed, producing anti-Moammar Gadhafi posters. The walls are plastered with mainly black and white cartoons of the leader.

In one, he’s a fanged vampire with bombs and machine guns popping out of the top of his head. In another, Gadhafi is depicted as a monkey picking lice off a crony. They all ooze vitriol.”

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(Image above from Ziegegeist)