Libya en PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya <p>Metro Detroit Muslims held a vigil last night in downtown Royal Oak, in memory of those killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya Tuesday.</p><p>U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with four Americans and many civilians were killed in Benghazi.</p><p>Zanah Ghalawanji is a Syrian American.</p><p>"The Muslim community absolutely does not support anything that occurred in Libya. Violence is against our religion. Our religion is all about peace," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>Candles burned as Ghalawanji gave words of condolence to the Stevens family.</p><p>"We are deeply thankful for the courage and selfless dedication that so many of the U.S. diplomatic corps have shown in Libya, Syria and throughout the region during this turbulent period," said Ghalawanji.</p><p>The violence was sparked by a video that makes fun of Islam, and the Muslim prophet Mohammed.</p><p>David Sawulski didn't participate in the vigil. But he had a front-row sit at a nearby cafe.</p><p>"I think it is great. They're supporting the American ambassador and the U.S. by standing here and giving support for some body who has killed who was assisting those people. The ambassador was obviously loved by the Libya people," he said.</p><p>The controversial video has sparked violence in several countries. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:29:41 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 9089 at PHOTOS: Muslims in metro Detroit hold vigil in response to attacks in Libya Libyan training program to relaunch, leave Michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - Michigan State University says a Libya-funded diplomatic and educational program for professionals from the North African nation halted this spring is restarting and participants will move to American University in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Michigan State spokesman Kent Cassella says the university learned this week - just before news of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi&#39;s death - that Libya&#39;s National Economic Development Board would relaunch the two-year Visiting International Professionals Program.</p><p>Cassella says Michigan State also learned the program would consolidate all students to American University.</p><p>Cassella says Michigan State officials and the 19 remaining students are disappointed to lose the program that once included 35. Some returned to Libya and those who remained were provided<br />housing and other help from the university and community.</p><p>Messages were left Friday with American University. Fri, 21 Oct 2011 19:30:09 +0000 The Associated Press 4663 at Rogers warns US must secure weapons in Libya <p>Michigan Congressman <a href="">Mike Rogers</a> says as the Muammar Gadhafi regime loses power in Libya, the United States needs to make sure Libya&rsquo;s weapons stockpiles don&rsquo;t fall into the wrong hands.</p><p>Rogers chairs the House Select Intelligence Committee and was among a group of Republicans who supported stronger military support of the rebels in Libya, including a U.S. enforced &ldquo;no-fly zone.&rdquo;</p><p>He says as Gadhafi loses power, the U.S. must move quickly to safeguard Libya&rsquo;s advanced and &nbsp;chemical weapons.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Unfortunately we know through intelligence that Al-Qaeda is trying to take advantage of the chaos and obtain those weapons systems or at least components of them or incomplete weapons systems or all of those things. They are making that effort.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>President Obama says the United States will be a friend and partner to help a democratic Libya emerge in the post-Gadhafi era. He says U.S. assistance will continue to be part of a multinational effort to help Libya. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:18:38 +0000 Vincent Duffy 3864 at Stabenow: President Obama made the 'right' decision on Libya <p>Michigan U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow says the events in Libya this weekend vindicate President Obama&rsquo;s decision to support NATO&rsquo;s involvement there.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I think it does indicate that the president was correct&hellip;well obviously&hellip;it was a very very difficult situation&hellip;a very difficult decision for him to make&hellip;but it was the right one.&rdquo;</p> Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:00:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 3843 at Stabenow: President Obama made the 'right' decision on Libya Fenton man is a voice for the Libyan rebels <p>Marisa Schultz has an amazing story in today&#39;s <a href="">Detroit News</a>.</p><p>It&#39;s about Mustafa Gheriani of Fenton, Michigan.</p><p>Gheriani is a U.S. citizen, but was born in Benghazi, Libya.</p><p>Last February, Gheriani traveled to Benghazi for a family wedding. The revolution broke out and Gheriani found himself speaking to western reporters on behalf of the Libyan rebels. From the <a href="">article</a>:</p><blockquote><p>He reported scenes from the front lines, casualties and acknowledged the rag-tag limitations of the rebel army against Gadhafi&#39;s iron-fist regime. He worked tirelessly with a cadre of international reporters with one goal: &quot;Libya news stayed on the front page.&quot;</p><p>Gheriani didn&#39;t mince words when talking to the press. Gadhafi&#39;s &quot;hands are tainted with blood and we will not talk to him,&quot; Gheriani told the Associated Press in March.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Back home in Fenton, when his wife saw those words she thought, &quot;&#39;he&#39;s a dead man.&quot; Thu, 02 Jun 2011 19:55:02 +0000 Mark Brush 2732 at Fenton man is a voice for the Libyan rebels Levin: Libyan rebels must win the ground war themselves <p>Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin says the future of the Libyan conflict rests in the hands of the Libyan people. NATO this past week officially took over control of the United Nations&rsquo; created&nbsp;&lsquo;No Fly Zone&rsquo;.&nbsp;</p><p>The U.S. and other nations set up the &lsquo;No Fly Zone&rsquo; to protect civilians. Levin says the conflict&rsquo;s eventual end depends on whether Libyan rebels can successfully dispose longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;This has to be won on the ground and it has be won by the Libyan people on the ground.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Levin is the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Sat, 02 Apr 2011 23:23:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 1892 at Levin: Libyan rebels must win the ground war themselves Senator Levin restates support for U.S. military action in Libya <p>Michigan Senator <a href="">Carl Levin</a> (D), along with Arizona Senator <a href="">John McCain</a> (R), made opening statements this morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee <a href="">Hearing on Posture of U.S. European Command and U.S. Strategic Command</a>. In his statement, Levin, the Chairman of the Committee, said President Obama was right to use U.S. military force in Libya.</p><p>The Senate hearing <a href="">comes a day after Obama addressed the nation about the role the U.S. was playing in Libya</a>. As the Associated Press <a href=";tsp=1">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Levin said Obama has taken a thoughtful and deliberate approach to avert a bloodbath in Libya. McCain, Obama&#39;s 2008 rival for president, said Obama&#39;s decision to intervene was right and necessary.</p></blockquote><p>You can read Senator Levin&#39;s full remarks <a href="">here. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:28:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 1830 at Senator Levin restates support for U.S. military action in Libya President Obama's address: Reactions and analysis <p>President Obama defended U.S. military action in Libya during an <a href="">address to the nation last night</a>. The President explained that the U.S. intervened in Libya, &ldquo;to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world&#39;s conscience and &#39;been a betrayal of who we are&#39; as Americans,&rdquo; the Associated Press reports.</p><p>The AP noted that the President, &ldquo;ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, calling that a mistake that would be as costly as the war in Iraq. Obama announced that NATO would take command over the entire Libya operation on Wednesday, keeping his pledge to get the U.S. out of the lead fast. He offered no estimate on when the conflict might end and no details about its costs.&rdquo;</p><p>Reactions and analysis of the President&#39;s address came out quickly:</p><ul><li>The Washington Post: <a href="">Obama vigorously defends Libya intervention</a></li><li>NPR: <a href="">Unyielding President leaves some unswayed</a></li><li>The Wall Street Journal: <a href="">Opinion: Obama, Libya, and the GOP</a></li><li>Politico: <a href="">Analysis: Obama&#39;s BAM! ZAP! and POW</a></li><li>The New York Times: <a href="">Editorial: President Obama on Libya</a></li><li>The Washington Times: <a href="">Editorial: The President&#39;s Speech</a></li><li>The Associated Press: <a href="">Fact Check: How Obama&#39;s Libya claims fit the facts</a> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:04:31 +0000 Zoe Clark 1825 at President Obama to address the nation tonight <p>President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight about the <a href="">military role the U.S. is playing in Libya</a>. It&#39;s been just a little over a week since the President <a href="">ordered U.S. forces to protect Libyan rebels</a> from Moammar Gadhafi&#39;s regime.</p><p>The President will speak from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. You can hear live coverage of the address on Michigan Radio beginning at 7 p.m.</p><p>Here&#39;s a roundup of what various media organizations are saying about the upcoming address:</p><ul><li><em>The Washington Post</em>: <a href="">Flush from a NATO victory, Obama presenting fuller account of his Libya strategy to nation</a></li><li><em>NPR</em>: <a href="">Obama to define Libya mission in Monday&#39;s speech</a></li><li><em>Bloomberg</em>: <a href="">Obama confronts congressional questions, public skepticism in Libya speech</a></li><li><em>Politico</em>: <a href="">Obama faces hard Libya Sell</a></li><li><em>National Journal</em>: <a href="">Let him be clear: What Obama wants to tell us Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:45:04 +0000 Zoe Clark 1808 at President Obama to address the nation tonight Michigan Senator Carl Levin defends president's handling of Libya <p><a href="">Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin</a> is defending President Obama&rsquo;s decision to get involved in <a href="">the war</a> in Libya. Critics have complained the president waited too long to act or should have kept the U.S out of the conflict. Levin says the president has chosen the right course.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;He has proceeded in a way which is cautious and thoughtful.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Levin &nbsp;says the president has worked well with <a href="">European and Arab allies</a> to put pressure on <a href="">Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The long term goal is to keep the pressure on to have him be removed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Levin expects the Congress will ask the president to comply with the War Powers Act next week. The president will then have three months to respond to Congress&rsquo; request for information about the decision to bomb Libya.</p><p>Levin is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 19:26:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 1762 at Michigan Senator Carl Levin defends president's handling of Libya Update: Gadhafi's momentum halted following strikes <p>The progress made by forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi has been halted, according to a U.S. official. <a href="">CNN</a> reports:</p><blockquote><p>Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi&#39;s momentum has been stopped and rebels have been able to hold onto areas that Gadhafi&#39;s forces had been poised to take over, a U.S. official said Monday.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 19:19:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1732 at Update: Gadhafi's momentum halted following strikes President Obama speaks about Libya <p>President Obama gave a statement today regarding the ongoing situation in Libya.</p><p>From <a href="">ABC News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>President Obama today gave an ultimatum to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi that he must immediately implement a ceasefire in all parts of <a href="" target="external">Libya</a> and allow international humanitarian assistance or risk military action against his regime.</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:22:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1710 at President Obama speaks about Libya Secretary of State Clinton presses the United Nations on Libya <p>According to<a href=""> NPR</a>, Secretary of State Clinton claims that pro-Gadhafi forces have been and continue to use violence against Libyan protesters:</p><blockquote><p>U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of using &quot;mercenaries and thugs&quot; against his own people Monday as rebels said they thwarted an attempted aerial bombing of an eastern city.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>&quot;Gadhafi and those around him must be held accountable for these acts, which violate international legal obligations and common decency,&#39;&#39; Clinton told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>&quot;Nothing is off the table as long as the Libyan government continues to threaten and kill Libyan citizens.&quot;She called on Gadhafi, who has ruled the North African nation with an iron fist since 1969, to leave power &quot;now, without further violence or delay.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Meanwhile, Gadhafi himself refuses to step down, claiming &quot;all my people love me.&quot;</p><p>Secretary Hillary Clinton&#39;s remarks are some of the strongest yet from President Obama&#39;s administration regarding the recent protests and unrest in Libya. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:48:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1448 at Secretary of State Clinton presses the United Nations on Libya Gaddafi forces maintain their hold on Tripoli <p><a href="">NPR </a>is reporting that pro-Gaddafi forces are maintaining control of Tripoli as protests and violence continues:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Thousands of people were fleeing Libya on Wednesday as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi reportedly continued a crackdown on protesters in the capital. Rogue elements of the police and army aligned with the anti-government opposition appeared to be in firm control of parts of the east.&quot;</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:10:20 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1393 at Gaddafi forces maintain their hold on Tripoli