“On a quiet Friday morning — the day of rest in this almost entirely Muslim country — a middle-aged man drew the metal shutters of his shop closed to speak freely about how Libya’s new leaders have brought this town nothing but empty promises.

“Under Gaddafi everything was great. And now there’s nothing,” he says, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by forces loyal to the National Transitional Council (NTC).

“They will find me,” he says, adding angrily: “Anyone who tells the truth in Libya gets slaughtered.””

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