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freedom fighter matthew vandyke working as a journalist in afghanistanVeteran of the Libyan Revolution, former prisoner of war, founder and CEO of Sons of Liberty International, award-winning documentary filmmaker, International Security analyst, media commentator, public speaker, Huffington Post blogger, and award-winning writer Matthew VanDyke has had extraordinary experiences in some of the world's most dangerous places. He has driven motorcycles in warzones, explored the vast reaches of the Sahara desert, fought in the 2011 Libyan Civil War to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, and directed the documentary film about Syria, Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, which has won 82 awards. His experiences are part of a new documentary film about his life titled Point and Shoot, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Here you will find an extensive biography of Matthew VanDyke, photo and video galleries, accounts of his many adventures in Africa, the Middle East, and Afghanistan, details about his experiences as a revolutionary in Libya, press articles, and the latest news about his work. More...

Matthew VanDyke's company, Sons of Liberty International, operates on a non-profit model to provide free security and military consulting and training to communities fighting terrorism, insurgency, and oppressive regimes.


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Point and Shoot - The documentary film about Matthew VanDyke

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at Tribeca Film Festival!

Coming to theaters October 31, 2014!

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Matthew VanDyke's documentary film about the conflict in Syria, Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, has won 82 awards, has been screened in over 200 film festivals in more than 20 countries, and has been seen by millions on television.

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Between the Lines: How Libya and Syria Changed Conflict Reporting, VanDyke's book, will be released in the near future!

VanDyke spent approximately $30,000 of his own money and borrowed funds on Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution. If you support his work and Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, please donate through or PayPal. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Syrian children when VanDyke returns to Turkey/Syria in 2014:

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Award-Winning Freedom Fighter Blog

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   The Freedom Fighter Blog contains personal accounts of VanDyke's ongoing mission to combat authoritarianism, and analysis and commentary of current events surrounding the struggle for freedom worldwide.

The Freedom Fighter Blog won the 2012 Defence IQ Blogging Award in the Counter Terrorism category.

What the Defence IQ panel of judges said about The Freedom Fighter Blog:

"Everything a blog should be: informative, interesting, well written, thoughtful and occasionally provocative. VanDyke declared “the 21st century is the century of freedom” – he’s fighting for it with both pen and sword."

Matthew VanDyke also writes for The Huffington Post

Blog Postings


9/10/14 - A Tribute to James Foley and Steven Sotloff

6/6/14 - The Anniversary of D-Day and the End of American Isolationism (featuring photographs of Matthew VanDyke's grandfather, US Army Sergeant Aaron Steltz who was at D-Day)

3/3/14 - The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

12/30/13 - The 2012 Benghazi Attack

11/18/13 - The Syrian Electronic Army Hacked My Accounts

11/5/13 - Review of Roll Hard by Robert Young Pelton and Billy Tucci

10/18/13 - I Saw The Horrors of War at Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Syria

10/11/13 - The Controversy Surrounding the Syria Film “Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution” at the Arpa International Film Festival

8/12/13 - What Is the UK Sending to Rebels in Syria? You Might Be Surprised

7/6/13 - In Egypt, Have the People Overthrown Themselves? [The Huffington Post]

1/8/13 - The Long, Hard Slog That Is Syria [The Huffington Post]

8/24/12 - Escape from Abu Salim Prison

8/8/12 - After Aleppo [The Huffington Post]

7/20/12 - Why Islamists Lost in Libya and Why Nobody Should Be Surprised [The Huffington Post]

7/10/12 - Report on My June 2012 Trip to Libya

7/3/12 - The Freedom Fighter Blog Won a 2012 Defence IQ Blogging Award

6/13/12 - Have the U.S. and Europe Helped Arm and Empower Islamist Militants in Syria?

6/5/12 - The Wonderful Disaster That Is Egypt's Presidential Election [The Huffington Post]

5/29/12 - The Houla Massacre in Syria Is Just the Beginning

5/17/12 - Russian and Chinese Arms Sales to Authoritarian Regimes - Part 2 (China)

5/8/12 - Russian and Chinese Arms Sales to Authoritarian Regimes - Part 1 (Russia)

5/1/12 - How Osama bin Laden Changed My Life [The Huffington Post]

4/25/12 - Mali, Sudan, and Ethnic Conflict in Northern Africa

4/17/12 - How to Run a Revolution: The Success of Libya and the Failures of Syria [The Huffington Post]

4/10/12 - The Failure of the United Nations in Syria

4/2/2012 - Why Islamists Winning Elections Is Good for Democracy and the War on Terrorism [The Huffington Post]

3/28/2012 - The Tuareg Rebellion in Mali

3/21/2012 - The Founding Fathers, The Declaration of Independence, and The Arab Spring

3/13/2012 - Gaddafi's Prisoner - Reflections on My Time as a POW in the Libyan Civil War

3/8/2012 - Only Regime Change Will End Iran's Nuclear Program

3/1/2012 - The Arab Spring and the Democratic Domino Theory

2/24/2012 - The Syria Game

2/17/2012 - Why I Fought in the Libyan Civil War