Libya has been ruled for 42 years by a cunning, repressive, eccentric dictator who has frequently described his own people as "backwards." More than half of his 6.5 million subjects are under 18. Despite Libya's Libya's plentiful oil revenues, which represent most of the national budget, many children suffer from malnutrition and anemia. Corruption is rampant, dissidents are brutally suppressed, and many citizens are afraid to say Qaddafi’s name in public or in private for fear of attracting suspicion. Instead, Qaddafi is often referred to as "the leader" and to his son Seif (until now heir-apparent) as "the principal." Discussing national policy with a foreigner is punishable with three years in prison. Reporters Without Borders describes press freedom in Libya as "virtually non-existent."Oil is the economy in Libya and oil profits have bankrolled massive investments in education and infrastructure—yet Libya lags far behind other oil-rich Arab states. Unemployment stands at 30 percent. Most people who have jobs often work only part-time. Basic foods—including rice, sugar, flour, gasoline—are heavily subsidized by the government and sold for a fraction of their true cost. A 2006 New Yorker article described Libya's "prosperity without employment and large population of young people without a sense of purpose."
Libya's society is tribal and traditional—despite liberal laws on issues such as women's rights—and many Libyans identify via clan allegiance first, nationality second.
Some in Libya hoped that Seif Qaddafi, who has been growing more prominent as an adviser to his father, would create openings for democratic reform. Seif earned a doctorate in political philosophy from the London School of Economics and keeps Bengal tigers as pets. He has founded the "Qaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation," which supposedly seeks to promote human rights and fight the use of torture in Libya and across the Middle East. (article courtesy of http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/02/whats-happening-libya-explained)
Last night my eyes were opened to the tragedy happening in Libya which is similar to what happened in Egypt. I realized how serious this is and that I am not one to complain about anything. I can simply state out facts but if I'm not going to make a change on my own I need to keep my mouth shut. That goes for any situation. Yesterday on the train a grown ass man got up and yelled and cursed at a teenager for accidentally stepping on his shoe. He threatened him too. There was a woman sitting right next to him talking to him, but when he did it she just all there all quiet. One of the most ridiculous things I've seen in a long time. There is so much going on in the world, so much going on in our own community, your sneakers don't mean anything. While talking to a woman about the incident she brought up that just that morning a man committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. and you complain about your sneakers.