On the Radar: Libya violence escalates; Muslim radicalization; rare earth elements
Refugees head toward Libya's border with Tunisia on Wednesday.
March 9th, 2011
10:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Libya violence escalates; Muslim radicalization; rare earth elements

Libya – Violence in Moammar Gadhafi's Libya was increasing Wednesday as forces loyal to the strongman unleashed bombs and artillery on makeshift rebel forces in the eastern oil city of Ras Lanuf. The latest fighting followed another defiant speech from Gadhafi that aired Tuesday night on state television, in which he again insisted that youths misled and drugged by al Qaeda were to blame for the fighting.

Peter King – The New York Republican congressman says he is determined to use his powerful post as House Homeland Security Committee chairman to hold a highly controversial hearing on what he has dubbed radicalization of Muslims in the United States. Dana Bash, CNN's senior congressional correspondent, profiles the man who says he thinks every day about the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Rare earth elements – They are the elements which occupy those two orphaned rows at the bottom of the periodic table. They're essential for our cell phones, our computer hard drives, our HDTVs. And they are running short. China, which controls supplies of 97% of these materials, doesn't like sharing them with the West. And the only U.S. mine for rare earth elements went out of production after a radioactive waste accident in the 1990s. CNN's John Sutter looks at what rare earth elements mean to us.

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  1. willard

    I don't understand that why muslims man was killed beheading his wife so im belived that muslim are keep dangerous

    March 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mary

    Bye to all I have overstayed my welcome

    March 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Warchild

    well, i'm sure that rare earth thing explains why chinese are good with techological eventories. But im dying to know where they get their periodic table stuff from! Or do i have to join in the market with bill the billionaire to get my answers? Just asking. Lol

    March 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Warchild

    @phil: u sound like a man with a head, my friend! Sometimes i read posts from u and i get the feelings that some people there feels my pain about justice. "til the piper and his drumers are put away, we won't move forward" because justice and democracy are called by the same violating them all. When do we get our lazy asses up and go after wall street and the fed for their shares?

    March 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy

    Yes, Calliko, they are all the same personny.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jesse Cook

    Sorry folks,I didn't post the above. Some jerk is trying to discredit me.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cesar

      How does one go about discrediting a Tea Partier? You people do that to yourselves through your own ignorance and profanity!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mohd Ahyad Hashim

    Pity on Libyan people but ashame on Arabs Nation. Most of them are not thankful on what Allah had gifted to them. Most oil producer, richer and well living but only because of the word "POWER" they willing to kill each other and destroy their home land.

    March 20, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
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