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Saif Gadaffhi, plagiarist – UPDATED

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Saif Gadaffhi’s not just the scion of a lunatic dictatorial legacy, and not just the ironic recipient of a PhD from the London School of Economics in ‘The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions’ — he’s also a plagiarist!

Gaddafi scandal highlights funding trap for EU universities

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Hilal Kapaln
Hilal Kaplan reads the joint statement in anti-Gaddafi demonsration in Istanbul.

Protest against Gaddafi in Istanbul
Monthly Review
Mazlumder Istanbul Branch Vice President Cüneyt Sarıyaşar and author Hamza Türkmen also spoke in support of the Libyan people. More photographs are available at . IHH burst onto the world stage as a joint sponsor with the Free Gaza Movement of a Free

Gadaffhi Junior’s PhD celebrates “soft power,” democracy

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Saif Gadaffhi, son of Muammar, deliverer of speeches in which he pledges to hold dictatorial power until he has expended his last bullet, did his PhD at the London School of Economics on “THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE DEMOCRATISATION OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE INSTITUTIONS: From ‘Soft Power’ to Collective Decision-Making?”

It?s Libya?s turn now

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
The quest for democracy by people in the Middle East, which first materialized with the unrest in Tunisia early this year and then continued in Egypt, resulting in the toppling of the regimes in both countries, is now shaking the administration of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Report: military aircraft are firing at protestors in Libya

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

Operation “Libya White Fax”

from Boing Boing by Sean Bonner

Libya’s UN mission asks world to defend Libyans from Gadaffi

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Libya’s UN ambassadors have joined the ranks of Libyan diplomats around the world to denounce Gadhafi’s brutal crackdown on the popular uprising across the country. The entire Libyan UN diplomatic has appealed to the Security Council to defend their countrymen from the crackdown.

Bahrain: One Country, Two Rallies

from Global Voices Online by Yacoub Al-Slaise

Written by Yacoub Al-Slaise

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

Seven days have passed since Bahrain’s Day of Wrath protests which started on February 14, causing the death of eight protesters in the capital Manama. While protesters continue to camp in Pearl (Lulu) Roundabout, two rallies, one in support of the protests and another in support of the royal family are taking place as I type.

Djibouti: Will it become another Egypt?

from Global Voices Online by Ndesanjo Macha

Written by Ndesanjo Macha

Protests are taking place in Djibouti against President Ismail Omar Guelleh who succeeded his uncle Hassan_Gouled_Aptidon in 1999. Somaliland Press reports that 300 protesters demonstrated near the governmental palace on Friday.

Voices from Libya: ?It’s a massacre? (Audio)

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Written by John Liebhardt

As the scale of atrocities carried out by the Libya’s government’s against protesters begins to mount, people around the world have been clamoring for reliable information. It’s very difficulty in a country where foreign media has found it hard to penetrate and the government has attempted to restrict service to the internet and cell phones.

Libya: Stop Gaddafi’s Massacre

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Libya: Death Before Liberty (Videos)

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Yemen: Walking the Walk, One More Protester Dies (Videos)

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Written by John Liebhardt

A teenager was shot and killed in Aden, Yemen on Monday, February 21 as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in four separate cities on the 11th day of protests calling for the end of the three-decade reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. At least 11 people have died since the demonstrations began, and Amnesty International says at least 78 people have been injured. Five students remain in police custody.

Morocco & Libya Unrest As Seen Via YouTube

from Mashable! by Jolie O’Dell

The shattered myth of a moderate Qaddafi heir

from FP Passport by Elizabeth Dickinson

Turkey, Italy try to evacuate citizens from Libya

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkey says three ships are en route for Benghazi to evacuate thousands of its citizens from the Libyan city hit hardest by deadly protests against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

Well-argued OPED on Bahrain

from From the field by arn

Emile Nakhleh, whose 1975 book is a seminal account of Bahraini politics, offers a smart commentary on Bahrain.

France ignored human rights in Maghreb, cables show

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Egyptian man names daughter ‘Facebook’

from Wikinews

MAIN FOCUS: Pressure on Gaddafi grows | 22/02/2011

from euro|topics

The protest movement in Libya is spreading despite the increasingly brutal tactics of the security forces, including reported attacks by fighter jets. Commentators complain that the international community is merely looking out for its own interests, seeking to justify the weapons exports of the past and worrying about the rising price of oil.

Egypt Isn?t Turkey

by acturca

Newsweek (USA) February 20, 2011

by Norman Stone *

If history is any guide, there will not be an Atatürk in Cairo. A hundred years ago, Egyptians looked down on Turks: etrak bi itrak, ran the pun. ?Turks are clods.? Egyptians had Westernized first, had a modern Army that defeated the Turks twice, and then got a huge amount of money from the tolls of the Suez Canal. Cairo had resplendent mosques and religious schools, whereas the Turks, speaking a Central Asian language the grammar of which was tortuous and the vocabulary limited to physical activities of a rudimentary nature, did not rate. Egyptian money was all over the Turkish capital, and there are still splendid buildings to mark that era.

Un modèle de démocratie pour la région ?

by acturca

France 24, 15/02/2011

Par Assia Shihab

Les révolutions tunisienne et égyptienne font planer espoir mais aussi inquiétudes au Moyen-Orient. Certains craignent l?ascension d?islamistes, voire un scénario à l?iranienne. Mais d?autres imaginent une autre voie et citent le modèle turc. La Turquie est en effet un grand pays musulman, qui est passé d?un régime dominé par les militaires à un régime civil.

Un « modèle turc » pour les révolutions arabes ?

by acturca

Le Monde (France) 16.02.11

Guillaume Perrier, Istanbul

Quand la plupart des leaders du Moyen-Orient tombent en disgrâce, l?un d?eux renforce sa popularité : c?est le premier ministre turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, au pouvoir depuis 2003, et qui briguera un troisième mandat en juin. Dans un paysage de régimes autoritaires et décrépits, la Turquie montre un visage moderne, propre à séduire les peuples arabes en quête d?un modèle. Ankara s?est projeté sur la région avec un appétit non dissimulé, redevenant, en quelques années, une puissance économique, culturelle et politique dominante, diffusant ses séries télévisées autant que sa vision du monde.

Governments Pulling Their Citizens From Libya

from NYT > Turkey by By RACHEL DONADIO and SEBNEM ARSU
Nations around the world chartered air and sea transport to evacuate their citizens from a chaotic Libya.

Gaddafi?s end

by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK
Although the people of Libya are demanding that Col. Muammar Gaddafi relinquish power after his oppressive 42-year rule and are risking their lives to achieve this goal, Gaddafi, just like the other recently ousted dictators in the Middle East and North Africa, is insisting on remaining in power. Yet, many believe that it is impossible for the Libyan dictator to resist the public?s demand for his departure and that he will eventually share the same fate as Egypt?s Hosni Mubarak and Tunisia?s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Libyan forces turn on Gadaffhi, declare “Free Benghazi,” capture foreign mercenaries

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Soldiers and police in Beghazi, Libya’s second city, have thrown in with protesters on the ground and declared the city to be “Free Benghazi.” The Guardian is carrying eyewitness reports of more than 4,000 foreign mercenaries being brought to the country to fight for Gadaffhi, some of whom are in custody of the revolutionary army. The “ransacked” government buildings are flying pre-Gadaffhi-era flags.

UAE: Libyan Consulate in Dubai Occupied and Flags Removed

from Global Voices Online by Yacoub Al-Slaise

Libya: Why was Gaddafi Late?

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Egypt: Social Media in the Middle East as a Tool for Incremental Change

from Global Voices Online by Gilad Lotan

Written by Gilad Lotan

In this post, we reflect on Egyptian blogger Hani Morsi‘s writing about technology driven activism and the role social media plays in providing incremental societal change. Hani’s core argument focuses on the long term effects of social media. Rather than looking at it as a cathartic outlet for the oppressed, he stresses its value in making an otherwise impossible popular political discourse possible.

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