Gaddafi murders continue in Libya, Bastille Day in Egypt


2011-03-06 [UPDATE] Bastille Day in #Egypt, Egyptians Storm Secret Service, US Secretary of Defense, Gates En Route; #Amndawala Leaks launches on Facebook and Twitter

from WL Central by carwin biloquist

2011-03-05 Bahrain Clashes Last Night in Hamad Town, Unconfirmed rpts of Pro-Gov ‘Thugs’ with Al Qaeda flag threatening residents.

What is happening in Libya may not be as clear cut as it appears.

from ORGANIZED RAGE by Mick Hall

One sure thing about the UK coalition government, they can be guaranteed to make a bad situation worse. We are experiencing this with their economic strategy and now they appear to be on the road to disaster in Libya. Which basically boils down to finding a pliable military satrap who is willing to replace the Gaddafi family. According to media reports, the British have found their man in former Interior Minister Gen Abdel Fattah Younes al-Abidi, a turncoat senior member of the Libyan army high command who served Muammur Gaddafi loyally for 40 odd years. If ever there was a case of the past becoming the future it is Cameron?s retched plan to replace one military satrap with another more pliable arsehole.


Libya disconnects from the Internet

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Monitoring firm Renesys reports that following sporadic outages throughout the week, Libya now appears to be completely disconnected from the Internet:


Maltese EU commissioner goes way off script on Libya

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Egypt: The Day the Secrets were Revealed

from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini

Written by Amira Al Hussaini

After the Egyptians succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak – they set their goal on cutting the hydra’s tentacles. A full-waged war started last night against the dreaded State Security apparatus, known as Amn Dawla in Arabic, after news was filtered that this notorious organisation was burning and shredding dossiers and documents.


Middle East: Revolutionary Breeze Blowing from Cairo to Benghazi

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr

Crisis Mapping Libya: This is No Haiti

from iRevolution by Patrick Meier

We activated the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF) on March 1st and quickly launched a Crisis Map of Libya to support humanitarian preparedness opera-tions. This is the largest deployment of the Task Force since it was formed at the 2010 International Conference on Crisis Mapping in Boston (ICCM 2010). Task Force partners include CrisisMappers, CrisisCommons, Humanity Road, ICT4Peace, Open Street Map and MapAction. The Task Force currently has trained 166 volunteers. I?m amazed at how far we?ve come since the response to the Haiti earthquake.

Libya: the Washington-London dilemma, Paul Rogers

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Rogers
In their pursuit of Muammar Gaddafi?s downfall, the powers that led the charge into Iraq face both military and political problems.

If not now, when? The responsibility to protect Libyans ? who?, Tim Dunne

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Tim Dunne
Prominent neo-conservatives associated with the G.W.Bush administration have written to President Obama calling for a US-led Nato to develop plans to command Libyan waters and air space. Will this protect the Libyan people?


Libya: ?Breaking News: Gaddafi is Lying?

from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt

Written by John Liebhardt

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi spoke for more than three hours on state television Wednesday, March 2, denying that anti-government protesters and members of the military were mobilizing against his regime. Instead the dictator, who has been in power for four decades, blamed Islamic terror groups, foreign nations with colonial aspirations and the international media for creating stories about the Libya’s descent into chaos.

Saif al-Qaddafi’s fall from grace

from FP Passport by David Kenner

Will Pakistan follow Egypt?

from WhirledView by Patricia Lee Sharpe

Gleaned from Patricia Lee Sharpe’s mailbox: an Op-Ed by Zubeida Mustafa in Dawn (Karachi)  February 23, 2011.

The question above is agitating many minds today. If we believe in the domino effect, other states should follow suit. Egypt came after Tunisia and now there are rumblings in other parts of the Arab world.

I tried to look for the answer to this explosive question in the poem Fahmida Riaz recited at the Critical Discourse session of the Sindh Education Foundation recently.

Serbia: Reactions to Gaddafi’s Interview on Pink TV

from Global Voices Online by Sasa Milosevic

Written by Sasa Milosevic

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

Libyan president Muammar Al Gaddafi gave an 8-minute phone interview to Serbian TV Pink on February 28, describing Libya as ?an absolutely peaceful? country and declaring its rebellious people ?Al Qaida gangs.? He spoke of unrestrained and drugged groups of young people who occupied mosques, intimidating visitors:

Press release: How youth editions are explaining the Middle East revolutions

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Emma Heald

The unparalleled recent events in Tunisia and Egypt have offered newspapers a chance to make use of their youth pages and supplements to explain a complex situation.

Egypt?s revolution and the new feminism

from The Immanent Frame by Margot Badran

?I?m making this video to give you one simple message. We want to go down to Tahrir Square on January 25. If we still have honor and we want to live in dignity on this land, we have to go down on January 25. We?ll go down and demand our rights, our fundamental rights. . . . Your presence with us will make a difference, a big difference!?
?Asma Mahfouz


BEN-AMI: Saving the Egyptian Revolution

from Project Syndicate by Shlomo Ben-Ami
BEN-AMI: Saving the Egyptian Revolution Egypt?s revolution is one whose initial stage ended with power not in the hands of its initiators, but fully in the hands of the old regime?s repressive apparatus. The risk is that the fraternal ties between the army ? not exactly innocent of the Mubarak regime’s repressive practices ? and the protesters might prove short-lived.


Egypt without Mubarak, or Mubarak without Mubarak?, Eberhard Kienle

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Eberhard Kienle
There is a mixture of change and stasis in the transition to democracy in Egypt today. The dangers of stalling are real, and the EU has an important role to play

Morocco: Casablanca Protest Draws Thousands

from Global Voices Online by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

Protests in Casablanca’s Mohammed V square today drew thousands of Moroccans, as evidenced by the many photos and videos being posted online. Participants in the demonstration are demanding government reform and an end to corruption.


Panning back to Egypt?

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Alex Harrowell

A couple of weeks ago, the big question had ceased to be ?Will there be a revolution in Egypt?? and had become ?Will it matter?? The revolutionaries had demonstrated that they could endure, could divide the Army from the government and the security state, and had eventually succeeded in chasing the president out of power. But would this mean lasting change? Wouldn?t it just imply the creation of a new ruling elite, or a permanently-temporary military junta? The grey lineup detailed here were in charge, issuing statements about going back to work. This piece from David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal sketches it out, and reveals far more than it means to.

Libya: Videos Expose Gaddafi’s Violent Riposte

from Global Voices Online by Hisham

Libya: European navies update, and links

from A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Alex Harrowell

Information Dissemination is worried that the northern shore of the Mediterranean is now ?ungoverned territory?. This is surely odd ? Egypt and Tunisia have entirely functional governments. Surely it?s Libya that?s gone anarchic? It does tell you something about the rules-of-the-road some people have internalised. If it?s not our dictator it doesn?t count as government, and the answer is a US carrier group.


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