When things were good between Sarkozy and Gaddafi…
• Nato to assume day-to-day military command in Libya
• Obama and Cameron: Substantial progress made
Britain, France and the US have agreed that Nato will take over the military command of the no-fly zone over Libya in a move that represents a setback for Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to diminish the role of the alliance.
International coalition including Qatar and United Arab Emirates to share oversight of UN-mandated anti-Gaddafi campaign
Bosnia, which came to symbolise Europe’s failure to prevent bloodshed on its doorstep , could provide a model for a new era as the world confronts Muammar Gaddafi.
from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte
The Libya war has started with full sanction from the United Nations Security Council. This makes it very different from the Iraq war that was launched exactly eight years before in 2003. This time, the coalition that has been put together involves Arab League participants; it expects that the sudden and extensive military action it is undertaking will protect civilians, and might even bring an early end to the Muammar Gaddafi regime.
Written by Kevin Rennie
Thought it was worth capturing some of the early reactions in the Australian blogosphere to the Libya No-Fly Zone and intervention. The Australian government has been a strong supporter of the UN resolution.
Administration officials and military leaders came under a barrage of questions – raised by members of Congress, outside experts and reporters – about the parameters of U.S. participation and the operation’s goals, especially if Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi does not capitulate.
Western troops have been bombing targets in Libya since Saturday. The Gaddafi regime’s air defences have been destroyed to such an extent that the planned no-fly zone is now a reality. The press approves of the attack but criticises the lack of a peace strategy.
from cafebabel.com by Ari Rusila
The March 21, 2011, article by Ethan Bronner uncritically presents the position of the wealthy Sunni elite in Bahrain. It is interesting to hear their point of view, but the reader might fairly expect that Bronner would weigh the key claims. For instance, in the article that draws largely on an interview with ‘Atif Abdulmalik, a prominent banker, Bronner states:
Why the president should heed John Kerry’s call for reform in the Middle East.
from Global Voices Online by Afef Abrougui
Written by Juliana Rincón Parra
John Caelan from the website The Swamp Post has created a couple of time-lapse videos that map protests from December 18 to March 7, 2011, where the protests and uprisings can be seen spreading out into different countries.
For days we have been watching the ebb and flow of frustration protests in Libya, echoing but not matching the overthrow of long-time despots in Tunis and Egypt, but seemingly less capable of driving the longest terminator of all into an exilic tent (though probably outside one of Berlusconi’s mansions rather than above a madrasa in Saudi Arabia). A week ago it looked like “rebel” forces might march on Tripoli; such was the rhetoric of liberation on the lips of those who took back the streets east and west of the capital and rattled the very tent pegs of the leader’s Tripoli holdout.
from Osocio Weblog by Marc
AAA member, Dr. William Beeman provides background and insight into the current uprisings in the Middle East during two-part interview with Access Minnesota. The interview was taped prior to the Libyan uprising.
2011-03-21 Crisis of Legitimacy for #Yemen President Worsens as Military Commanders Defect, Diplomats Resign
Written by Jillian C. York
For the past month, Moroccans have taken to the streets to call for a reform of the constitution and for the establishment of a democratic parliamentary system. On March 10, the country’s monarch, King Mohammed VI, gave a speech in which he promised revision of the constitution, as well as referendum on further regionalization, guaranteeing the separation of powers and strengthening the role of an elected Prime Minister and Parliament.