Scranton: Gulf of Sidra?
An Arabist is someone normally from outside the Arab World who specializes in the study of the Arabic language and Arab culture, and often Arabic literature.
An older arabist blogger is on March 30 saying:
I understand that the Qathafi garrison has chosen to defend at the eastern and southern entrances to the town of Surt (Sirte). This is wonderful news! Keep it up boys! Someone will be along to "dance" with you shortly.